“I just wanted to add a measure of grace to the world.”

In the play The Man of La Mancha Don Quixote said on his deathbed, “I just wanted to add a measure of grace to the world.”

I can’t think of a better goal in life — or a better goal for today.

Just to add a bit more grace to the world.

We add grace to the world when we approach each day as a day of possibility, a day when good things can happen, when we can plant a few more seeds of kindness, a day when we can do a little something to mend a torn or broken place in someone’s life.

We add grace to the world when we approach each day as learners, looking for lessons that can help us grow and mature and become deeper, more thoughtful, with more capacity to give and to benefit others.

We add grace to the world when we watch our words carefully.

We add grace to the world when we are patient with those who irritate us.

We add grace to the world when we laugh, when we find the humor in our silliness, the incongruity of so much of life, the crazy coincidences that surprise and delight us.

We add grace to the world when we cry, when we feel the pain that courses through the world and try to do something to slow its flow.

We add grace to the world when we just determine to be ourselves, to use the gifts we’ve been given, to take off the masks we use to hide our true selves and let the world see us and know us as we are.

In the play The Man of La Mancha Don Quixote said on his deathbed, “I just wanted to add a measure of grace to the world.”

May each one of us be a channel of grace today.

17 thoughts on ““I just wanted to add a measure of grace to the world.”

  1. A friend in Aus going to bed.
    May you all make the best of the day .
    I hold my Imonk compatriots close and as I retire you are all in my evening prayers.

    Take care Christiane, you are special to us all.?

    Sussn

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  2. 🙂

    Susan, my morning companions in the garden were the birds, the squirrels, a small rabbit . . . . they brought grace and comforting just in their presence and I was thankful

    day by day, so it goes

    sending hug 🙂

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  3. “In the play The Man of La Mancha Don Quixote said on his deathbed, “I just wanted to add a measure of grace to the world.””

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  4. King parrots swoop above my head as I collect the papers from the frosty front lawn.
    Doves coo and magpies screetch, Wattle birds haggle amoungst themselves. Blackbirds sing looking for a mate.
    Dawn, although cold is marvellous
    This makes a nice change from the bickering and opposing political statements which abound this week.
    Just look outside, consider, assess again and then look again.
    Whatever will happen is inevitable . Our little protest is but nought.
    Let us each reconsider how we affect our neighbours or loved ones and whether it is for good or ill.

    Carpe Diem.

    Susan

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  5. Grace
    She takes the blame
    She covers the shame
    Removes the stain
    It could be her name

    Grace
    It’s the name for a girl
    It’s also a thought that
    Changed the world

    And when she walks on the street
    You can hear the strings
    Grace finds goodness
    In everything

    Grace
    She’s got the walk
    Not on a ramp or on chalk
    She’s got the time to talk

    She travels outside
    Of karma, karma
    She travels outside
    Of karma

    When she goes to work
    You can hear her strings
    Grace finds beauty
    In everything

    Grace
    She carries a world on her hips
    No champagne flute for her lips
    No twirls or skips between her fingertips

    She carries a pearl
    In perfect condition
    What once was hurt
    What once was friction
    What left a mark
    No longer stings

    Because Grace makes beauty
    Out of ugly things

    Grace finds beauty
    In everything

    Grace finds goodness in everything

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