I love the power of the right word. Once a week I write about a word that has resonated with me ... this week it's GRACE.
Because of some projects and several conversations this week I actually had another word ready to go today, but it just didn't feel right for today.
"Grace" has several definitions, and all of them good. As a noun it's a physical condition of elegance. As a verb, it adorns and embellishes. I read that it is mentioned 170 times in the Bible, and that one definition is that it is unmerited favor.
I am a person of, and for, faith ... not just mine, but others' faith as well, and I really love that last definition. If we are connected to the moment, I think we can find grace through the smile of a stranger, or another driver letting us go in front of them.
I don't think it's showy or loud, but it's not small, either. I believe that grace is goodness, and that it's always around us. It doesn't exist just when we see it ... or remember to be grateful for it.
In my mind, I see and feel grace as an all-encompassing warm glow. It's a gift, reassurance that, big-picture, I am being looked after, and all will be OK.
What I call grace transcends all the demographics.
There have to be other words to describe this in other faiths and cultures; I just don't know what they are. What are your word(s), and how do you define them?
Meanwhile, wishing you the realization of how much goodness and light surrounds you, 24/7.