Elegance is beauty, strength, wisdom, oneness. Of course, this is all hugely subjective. This text says perhaps more about me than about anything else.
Finding something elegant
is definitely animalistic yet it is what no other animal can do better than a human. Apparently, one needs a ‘very complex processing system’ to do the trick. Even so, the appreciation of elegance doesn’t come for free. Deep culture can heighten sensibility. Without it, one may confuse elegance with snobbery. Elegance is not just in the eye of just any beholder.
When I think of especially ‘worthy’ people, names come up like Dr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela… You may not agree but in their own way, I find them all ‘elegant’. Is this a coincidence? Elegance is not a surface thing. It’s a sign of ‘depth’. It’s a mind thing and from there, an everything.
Though elegance is beautiful, beauty is not always elegant. What is the essence of the ‘something more’ that is needed?
Infinitely many things can be elegant
A line, a hand gesture, an idea, the curve of a woman, a mathematical proof, an argument in a discussion, jewelry, a dress, a philosophy, a smile, a design, a face, an ornamentation, a procedure, an analysis, an architecture, a look, a fashion, furnishings, manners, a swan, a lake, a total person, a pair of shoes, a countenance, a work of art…
Each of these is ‘elegant’ inasmuch as it has identity as described below in a personal kind of mindscape.
You cannot be elegant one day without being open to it every day.
Elegance is Beauty
sensitive while striving for simplicity
consistent: also a form of simplicity in the abstract
tasteful, graceful, dignified by a deep striving
focus on essential features, nothing superfluous, no commercialization standing in the way
showing refinement, exquisiteness, sophistication, no ‘ordinary beauty’, no showing off in order to appear more beautiful than is the case
not striving to be ‘easily found beautiful’
pleasing to people who are able to appreciate elegance.
beauty coming from inside, showing itself everywhere
Elegance is Strength
‘much with little’: effective and efficient
pure, with appropriate restraint and as such being able to ‘cut through’ without distraction
no quest for ‘easy power’ but for ‘deep power’, being open to power in less evident ways
striving for ‘perfection’ in a very human way
effortless because the effort has already been done
confident, authentic, showing presence
refusal to give in, not backing down
daring to encounter oneself
fearless with a dash of daring to be beautiful also when not appreciated
giving oneself in openness, so that feedback can be used to better oneself
being ready when unexpected things emerge
not getting easily hurt, mostly knowing its own worth
humble in ego, not in total self
Elegance is Wisdom
sophistication without overload
showing oneself in deeper layers
no search for easy comfort and fun as if this would be all that is worthwhile
timeless, carrying wisdom of ages
not needing change in order to remain interesting
growth towards more and more what one really is
poetry, a communication to inside
being carried by a deeper knowing
Elegance is Oneness
being ‘emptiness’ – not nothingness! – from which other characteristics originate.
not a combination but a synthesis of not necessarily evident associations
multiple layers of meaning working together
total person needed, no superficial ‘persona’
in depth being associated with everything in harmonic ways
In proper environment, elegance can be a huge factor of change.