One great designer once said: Elegance is not the art of being noticed, rather it is the art of being remembered. Well I agree, but how does that translate into everyday life actions?
Making your existence elegant is far from easy these days, in my humble opinion. I am not here to claim mine is but surely I give it my best shot at it.
How ? I wish I had a one-size-fit-all recipe for it, I don’t but here is how I try my best:
- Try to be meaningful to people you meet or you spend time with, even strangers
- Put your time to good use and respect your time and that of others, life is short after all
- Be truthful, not hypocritical
- Change your mind when it’s due – in the words of James Russel Lowell: ” The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.”
- Dress well, I find it a way to respect others too.
- Take care of yourself, weight, health, fitness, and so on.. again I find it a way of respect for others too. More than you probably expect; you can influence others to do the same.
- Enjoy life and take time to appreciate the things you have and even those things you don’t have. Compliment others on their achievements and taste as well.
- Respect and appreciate purity and innocence – which in other words means respect, appreciate and protect what children bring to our adult world.
In general, I feel that even your energy is positive and envyless people around you feel it and even if they don’t give back immediately they will or if you believe in karma you’ll believe that somebody else will.
True elegance doesn’t really have a price, however, I think it was Carl Jung that once said that if it’s true that there is a demon inside/behind every rich man/woman behind the poor ones there are two demons.
The only way money makes your life better is when it’s shared with others, as mean to enjoy life, build something meaningful to many or even to a few people. Yet you’ll agree with me that a pile of money sitting in a bank account can only give you a bit of peace of mine at best, surely not a full life until you spend them.