Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Why 'Atlas Grace'?


Bronze Statue of Atlas,
New York City

I have always been intrigued by the significance behind the names of people and things.  I will admit that I have spent many hours obsessing over what I will call my future children, what I will name my imaginary cafe/boutique/restaurant, and, more recently, what I will name my blog.  One name that has stuck with me is 'Atlas'.  Atlas was a character in Greek mythology who, upon defeat, was condemned to hold the heavens on his shoulders.  To me, it signifies an enduring individual who contributes significantly to society, and therefore "holds up the world" in a metaphorical sense.  I aspire to one day be described by words such as those.

A quote that I live by is this:

"Hold yourself to a standard of grace, not perfection." 

I'm not sure who said it, but it sounds like something that came from Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly.  Just saying the word "grace" in my head is calming and serves as a reminder of the person I aspire to be.  It's not the situations that we are faced with in our every day lives, it's how we react to them.  Every day I try to react to situations in the most gracious way possible.  (Note: some days are harder than others.)

The two together, Atlas Grace, just fits for me.  Like something I've heard before.  It clicked, it spoke to me, the heavens opened up.  Kind of like when you come upon the most perfect pair of shoes.  You just know.

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