Happy New Year, everyone!
This is a guest blog post from our resident life-coach, Stephanie Staples of Your Life Unlimited, and it’s so very appropriate as we each kick off the New Year that we take a moment to think about this beautiful word…
The word is Gracious.
Isn’t that a beautiful word? When is the last time you used that word?
Definitions of gracious include other beautiful words like kindness, warm courtesy, tact, compassionate nature and generosity of spirit.
This holiday season I have challenged myself to focus on being more gracious and noticing graciousness that is exhibited around me. Would you care to join me over the coming months to continue the trend of noticing gracious activities by others?
We can be gracious by:
- accepting a compliment, a gift or the offer of assistance
- saying a simple, sincere thank you, without going ‘over the top’ or trying to reciprocate
- letting someone else be right
- showing discretion
- not saying something, even though you could
- complimenting someone worthy
- being humble
- not embarrassing others
- not ‘one-up’ing someone else’s story
- recognizing the good in others
- showing forgiveness
- showing patience and interest in others
Which of these ideas stand out to you today?
Which do you think you would most benefit from focusing on?
We can notice simple moments of graciousness in others that may give us ideas for how to incorporate this divine quality into our own lives more.
We could use the word more to help it penetrate our psyche and make us more aware of it, i.e. “That was very gracious of you.”
What does gracious mean to you and how do you
share it with the world?
What word is beautiful to you?
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to the questions posed above.
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