No, I mean grace as in being gracious. Not losing my temper, acting with integrity and class. And I still tell myself to try each day.
We’ve had a tough couple of years, Dear Readers. People are stressed out, angry, and divided. I’m not seeing too much grace in the world right now. But maybe I just need to look harder. The people with natural grace are there. It’s the bad actors that get the most attention.
I have a friend who is the most gracious, the least judgmental person I know. When I cut someone a little, or a lot, of slack recently after some particularly mean behavior, she said, “I’m glad you’re giving her some grace.”
Recently, I was unloading my cart at a big box store as quickly as I could, but there was a man waiting and I had a lot of stuff. He walked up and said, “May I help you with those?” and when I said yes he began carefully putting things in my SUV. He was cheerful and polite, and then when he was through he hopped back into his car. He could have honked, or given me the evil eye, or even used expressive hand gestures because I was taking so long, but he reacted with grace instead. And he made my day.
Giving people grace. Maybe we should be doing that more and reading emotionally manipulative memes on Facebook less. I don’t know. But I’m going to continue working on it each day.
Woman Thinking: Cottonbro Woman with Crutches: Victorio Borodinova Stressed Woman: Andrea Piacquadio Woman Eating: Nicole Michalou Dandelion: Artem Beliaikin