Grace. Quite a big word. Over the years, I have heard this word used by some clients as one of the ‘brand values.’ We have some discussion about what that means, how it affects them personally, and how to have grace. Some will say, grace is getting what you DON’T deserve, and NOT getting what you do deserve.
Let’s talk about grace through a brand filter in real time. If you have grace – or would like that to be a value people identify with you – what does that mean? Social media is always buzzing, but it is currently more than buzzing, it is judging. Grace. People need grace. They may not be learning fast enough for you, changing fast enough, doing enough, agreeing enough, seeing as clearly as you’d like them to see, working enough, writing enough, speaking enough…Grace.
Ask yourself – is being known for having grace important? I will say personally – my mother-in-law had so much grace. She has dementia now, and I still see and hear it in her. At a time in life when I needed grace, she gave it freely. She asked for nothing in return, but was the example I needed, someone who disagreed yet loved, someone who brought me around and changed my thinking – her grace, and might I add patience, was what won the day. Thank God she did.
Grace and kindness are underrated values, but do so much more than you think.