An Attitude of Grace

The feature image is part of, Cross-Pollination: The Moth Migration Project by Hilary Lorenz. The installation is currently exhibited at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Butterfly Pavilion, Denver, Colorado

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Maya Angelou

Often I read something in a book that sets me on a path of research resulting in a post. That happened this week while reading, The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron. This book was sent to me by my friend, Barb. She is one of those exceptional people that arrived by grace. She magically appeared at the right time and I’m forever grateful.

In the book, Julia Cameron writes about the struggles artists deal with and offers exercises to help get through the obstacles. What caught my attention was a reference to, an attitude of Grace. There are varying definitions. One characterization envolves looking at others with the realization that we do not know what people went through to get to where they are now. Similar to an iceberg, we only see what’s in front of us. What lies beneath is unknown.

I was led to the quote by Maya Angelou. Butterflies are sometimes seen as examples of grace. While we admire their beauty and elegance of movement, we don’t think about the struggles they endured, breaking out of the cocoon, to get to where they are. When we make decisions about others, what we cannot see might give us enough pause to reserve judgement. At least, it may cause us to reconsider our prejudice.

One response to “An Attitude of Grace”

  1. I’m grateful our paths merged, and happy you’re enjoying the book. I love the analogy of the iceberg. What we see on top of the water is just the tip to what lies underneath. 💖

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