It is believed that elegance is equivalent to superficiality and mere appearance. People think that elegance is what one is wearing. But, isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing? Elegance is the question of one’s personality more than one’s clothing. Elegance is not an outer quality but a part of the soul that is visible to others. Elegance is not reflected in a person’s body, attire or skin. Elegance is what resides inside. Elegance lies not in the clothes we wear, but in the way we wear them. Elegance does not allow us to wield a sword in situations of conflict. Instead, elegance pushes us to take the route of dialogue in order to avoid war.
We are reminded of elegance when we see flowers hidden among the grasses in a meadow. A deer running is elegant, even when it is fleeing from a lion. Words of truth are elegant, spoken or written. Passionate relationships are elegant as elegance does not allow the affectionate ties binding two people to be broken. Elegance is the coming together of the true values of life. A desert is elegant despite being dry because it seems to consist only of sand and rocks. The sea seems elegant because it appears to consist of plain water. The snow is elegant because it spreads only one color i.e. white in all the directions.
Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. True elegance is achieved when we discard all the superfluous things of the universe and concentrate in being as simple and sober as we can. Discovering simplicity and concentration is a joy in itself. The simpler, the better; the more sober, the more beautiful. Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication and something is elegant only when it is unusually simple. When we look more closely at the simplest things of life, we start to discover how profound and complete they are. Only then do we recognize their true qualities. In our heads, we associate simplicity with boredom and dullness but in reality it is the complete opposite. In fact, the simplest things in life are the most extraordinary.
We must give them a chance to reveal themselves. The lilies of the field are elegant. They do not toil or spin to grow. The same way the lotus of the pond is elegant despite growing amidst grime and squalor. It radiates elegance and mesmerizes the onlooker. Audrey Hepburn has said it rightly that “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” True that is in all respects. Elegance is not about being noticed. It is all about being remembered. Elegance is not about beauty. It is all about modesty. Elegance is not a matter of good taste or a dash of daring. Every culture and every person have their own idea of beauty which is often entirely different from ours. However, elegance is different from beauty and every tribe, every culture, every people has specific values that they associate with beauty and elegance. These values may range from kindness, compassion, hospitality and respect to discipline, good manners and habits.
Elegance is not a physical quality. You are elegant when your inside is as beautiful as your outside. Elegance is about living in such a way that if someone speaks badly of you, nobody believes them. Such is the power of elegance that it arouses respect and love. Arrogance attracts hatred and envy. Elegance takes us to the true light of our soul. The nearer your heart comes to simplicity, the more capable it is of loving freely. The more it loves without fear, the more it radiates elegance in its every gesture. Elegance is love redefined. Love is elegant when it directly strikes the chord of the heart. Love is elegant when it traverses across boundaries and distance. Love is a paradigm of emotions which makes you live life to the fullest. Love is impossible without elegance. Elegance teaches us to walk in the right path. Arrogance causes us to harm others whereas elegance teaches us to respect and love our fellow human beings.
Elegance has a greater power of restoring, transforming and healing. Elegant words heal the wounded. Elegant words and deeds restore the lost self respect of a man. Elegance transforms complex thoughts into something that everyone can understand. Elegance connects you with your own soul. Simple, elegant and correct; that is how a person should be.
The real elegance resides in your heart and mind, if you have got that the rest automatically comes from it. When we are walking on our chosen path and doing something out of our own will, we emanate elegance and light. Our steps are firm, our gaze keen and our movements beautiful. All this is clearly visible to our fellow mates and colleagues. And in such a scenario, even at our most difficult times, our adversaries can see no signs of weakness because elegance protects us from fear, mistakes and trouble.
Our elegance helps us in manifesting and giving form to what we once dreamed of. Elegance pushes us closer to our dreams and turns them into reality. Elegance is admired and respected because no effort is required to be elegant.