Grace- a small word with many definitions. Grace is a prayer, a mode of behavior, a movement of the body. Divine grace denotes the intervention of god or spirit without even asking or praying. Grace is elevation, an attitude, a mental plane, a spiritual retreat.
The grace note is a flourish at the end of a movement of music. In more everyday terms, a grace note could be thought of as the last phrase or feeling you leave with others you come in contact with. It’s the last word, the last glance, the final look in ones eye. For only a breath of a second, the final grace note says much about us and how we conduct ourselves in society.
As we end the month of Thanksgiving and enter the hectic holiday season, take some time today to ponder your gracefulness. Do you move with a calm demeanor or with erratic disregard? Do you think about how your presence influences a room? Does your appearance disturb or calm and soothe? Do you choose encouraging, uplifting phrases and words or are your conversations saturated with dark imagery and curses?
For musicians and those in the public eye, the “stage” is anywhere. Be sure you incorporate gracefulness of spirit in your daily music rounds, from the practice room to the performance place. Grace is not a word. Grace is a state of being.