n. 1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion. 2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement. 3. A sense of fitness or propriety. 4. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill. 5. Mercy; clemency. 6. A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence. 7. A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve. 8. Graces Greek & Roman Mythology Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty. 8. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people. b.The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God. c. An excellence or power granted by God. 9. A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.
A friend started a tradition last year of stating a word of the year and asking others to do the same. Last year, my word was deciduous. It was a year of shedding behaviors that did not serve me. It was a year of intense introspection and letting go. It was a year filled with forgiveness and gratitude. I am better for it. Determining a word of the year was difficult this year. This year feels different. If our lives know seasons, I feel like spring. This year knows a softness that has grown from a quiet sleep.
After much thought, I have chosen the word grace as my word of the year.
I have chosen the word grace for several reasons. Grace speaks of a Divine love that enfolds us all. I will be fully aware of love. I will accept love. I will share love. The true strength of grace is love. I will do the things that bring joy to myself and others. Joy is the heart of grace. I will be more generous this year. Generosity is the hand of grace. I will listen more and judge less. Patience is the soul of grace. I will practice beautiful movement. Movement is the pulse of grace. I will notice beauty in my world, for grace can be found in the wing of a butterfly or the edge of an icicle. I will take a moment to think before I speak, because that moment is graceful. I will forgive, because forgiveness is graceful. I will practice wellness, because wellness is graceful. I will explore my edge. Finding grace at the edge is an ultimate challenge. I will seek my desires and support the desires of loved ones. Grace abides in that space where our desires and hopes are fulfilled.