Reflections on Elegance

swans-berthe-morisotElegant /’el-i-gent/ adjective 
1. pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner
2. tastefully refined and dignified
3. admirably concise and simple

Imagine standing in a frustratingly long line behind someone who remains calm and considerate. Whether old or young, rich or poor, man or woman, that’s elegance.

Imagine being warmly welcomed into a clean and tidy home. No matter the size or location, that’s elegance.

Imagine someone graciously serving food at a soup kitchen. By helping solve a big problem in a small way, that’s elegance.

These are just a few examples of the serenity and simplicity that elegance can bring to every area of our lives. Elegance is so much more than going to the opera in glitzy clothing or using the right fork at a fancy dinner.

I truly believe by placing higher value on elegance, we can create a more peaceful and pleasing world. We can’t individually solve every political, social, and economic problem, but there are things we can do on a daily basis to improve our own spheres of influence. 

As a middle school teacher, I saw how contagious good behavior can be. On the other hand, we’ve all seen how quickly a culture of less than desirable behavior can take root and become the norm. I confess I’ve witnessed my own attitude, words, and actions sink and elevate based on my attention to elegance. 

By reflecting on elegance, we will almost certainly add beauty to our own lives. We will also create a ripple effect that can spread through our families, neighborhoods, schools, work places, and communities. 

We can start by establishing a desire for elegance. With the Law of Attraction in play, we will begin to notice elegance in people, places, and things, refining our understanding and appreciation for what is elegant. I think we will find that true elegance is much more than we realized, and that it can easily become a part of all we do. 

Moving through the usual routines of our day, we can consider simple ways to add elegance. While running errands, we can offer a gentle smile to a stranger. When talking with a friend, we can be careful not to interrupt. When driving a car, we can give the road our full attention. In choosing something to read or watch, we can pick that which enlightens us. 

Week by week, day by day, hour by hour, let’s reflect on specific ways to bring more elegance into our lives and the lives of others. If we start to get frazzled and lose our composure, we’ll take a deep breath, smooth our ruffled feathers, and recenter ourselves so we can glide through life with the elegance of a simple swan. §

Featured Art ~ Swans, Berthe Morisot, 1885

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“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.”
~Coco Chanel

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