My hope is to share inspiring content for those who wish to invite more beauty into their lives through gracious living and elegant design. I look to those who personify strength, refinement and creativity, and share my own thoughts on how I aspire to live more gracefully.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
What does ladylike look like?
I've seen many women struggle with the idea that being lady-like looks like the picture above; passive, well-coiffed, well dressed, demure. Being a woman who transcends just her gender identification and acquires the description of "a lady," should be based more on one's character than costume and good cosmetics. In general, we have given too much weight to the appearance of refinement instead of the actual acknowledgement and valuation of behavior and lives that showcase good core values, manners, sound character and compassion. The traits and behaviors that we admire in a lady are just as admirable in a gentleman, and the sooner women embrace them, the sooner men will be encouraged to do the same. So for fun, take a moment to determine whether the words of wisdom below are from a man or a women, and whether they are gender specific or not.
1. No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
2. Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.
3. In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.
4. All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
5. A man's character is like his shadow, which sometimes follows and sometimes precedes him, and which is occasionally longer, occasionally shorter, than he is.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
7. The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
8. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
9. The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains.
10. Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
1. Aesop 2. George Washington 3. Marianne Williamson 4. Abraham Lincoln 5. Madame de la Rochejaquelein 6. Leo Buscaglia 7. Catherine the Great 8. Audrey Hepburn 9. Napoleon Bonaparte 10. Margaret Thatcher
I very much believe that women set the tone for the way that men and children think about and carry themselves as we have been given the gift of understanding how best to nurture one another as well as how to express love and compassion. When we falter in these modes, the others suffer and are not encouraged to rise to the greatest expression of themselves. Don't worry about how to sit properly or wear pearls as much as finding ways, everyday, to enliven your highest self.
"Elevate the girls, and you elevate the world." That's mine. ;)