There, but for the Grace…

Grace  -from Oxford Dictionaries, online.


I was watching a re-run of Seinfeld the other night and the idea of grace came up as part of the script.  The example they gave was the grace of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis…and how there was no way Elaine could measure up.  I assume, from the context, they were speaking of grace in terms of elegance and goodwill and not in the sense of prayer or the favor of the Christian God.

So, I started thinking about grace and whether the concept even exists in FlameKeeping…and off I went to the dictionary to get a handle on its definition because, you know, words mean things.  And…I found that the concept of grace doesn’t really apply in its entirety.  There’s nothing about FlameKeeping that moves smoothly or elegantly; FlameKeeping doesn’t involve gods and has no concept of salvation; there aren’t prayers before meals, or leeway given when deadlines arise; it doesn’t work as an honorific.  However, two of the definitions definitely apply but probably not in the way one would think.  Consider – grace can also mean courteous good will and to bring honour or credit to (someone or something) by one’s attendance or participation.

We are all Divine and, as such, are connected to one another.  Our actions affect the Universe and, as FlameKeepers, we strive to act with intent to improve.  As we (the parts) participate in these actions, we bring honour to the Divine as a whole.  Many of us also do this with courtesy and/or good will (some don’t, but that’s a topic for another post).   Grace, therefore, can be part of FlameKeeping…but it is self-driven and not handed down from on high.  It is up to us to determine what we do gracefully…and what we don’t.

Writing Prompts:

  1. Is there grace in your life?
  2. Do you consider what you do to be “grace-full”?  If so, how?  If not, do you want to change this?

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