Merry Monday one and all. Not only is it the start of a new week but the start of a new month, so an even bigger leaf to turn over and an even bigger fresh start. Let July be your month!
Today's quote is one I have seen floating about but decided to create in my own font because I like pretty.
More and more this year I have been working on my grace. By this is don't mean walking like a princess and sipping tea with my pinkie out (neither of which I excel at) but acting with dignity and decorum.
When I'm in a bad mood, something doesn't go my way or I feel slighted, I have been saying in my head, 'be gracious, be gracious', and by jove it's worked! I find myself squashing down the rising heat of anger or annoyance and feeling a sense of calm and control. Controlling emotions is a big thing for me. I'm easily happy but quick to anger if someone presses the right buttons so being gracious has been a good challenge.
I have found it has benefited me in many ways. First and formost I'm wasting a lot less energy on negative emotions. Secondly, I am being a better friend. Rather than being bitter or jealous, I am being gracious and happy for other people's achievements, experiences and progression. I am able to rejoice in their happiness with grace and this makes a big difference to how you behave in the relationship. I have found myself being a lot less selfish with time and resources because I am happy to give more. It's amazing really.
It took a good few months and I have to work on it every day but I have really noticed differences in my general happiness levels by having good grace about things.
Next time you feel yourself getting wound up by a colleague, parent, partner or teacher, quietly say to yourself, 'How graceful can I be about this?' and you will be pleasantly surprised by the difference it can make to a situation.
What do you think? Something worth trying? Have you found it has good results to practise good grace? Leave a comment and join the community.
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