Grace. My word for 2018.
Grace: simple elegance or refinement of movement.
Gracie was the nickname of my great, great grandmother Grace Gray, who then became Grace Gray Muzzy. I fell in love with the name Gracie Gray when I learned about her over the Holidays in 2012. I loved it so much that I named my beauty blog after her. Despite not having time to work on the blog, and then of course getting sick, separated, then divorced I held onto the domain graciegray.com for years, hoping that one day I might be able to relaunch it.
It’s funny how things work out in life. While I eventually let go of the domain, I launched this blog and launched MHA during probably the most challenging times of my life. But the word Grace has always remained in the back of my mind.
To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust him in the dark—
That is Faith.
Heal: mind, body, skin is a slogan that embodies the MHA mission. Healing is such a personal experience. I think faith is just as personal as healing is, which is likely why the two go hand in hand. In Alanon, they call it a higher power, which for me, was a way that I could understand it and where my journey finding my faith started.
I’m a big believer in fate. I’m a believer in everything happens for a reason. And as much as I’ve questioned both of these I know I had to go through all of the darkness to get to this place of light. I’m not going to preach God, the universe, Source, or whatever you want to call it. It’s personal and I respect all view points. I’m a spiritual person and take things from all religions & philosophies that speak to me. In Alanon, they say “take what you like, leave the rest”, so I’ve applied that same concept to religion. Otherwise, I’d fight it and look for things I don’t agree with on a logical sense.
Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
Have you ever sat down and listened to the words of this song? Admittedly I had to google wretch. Wretch: an unfortunate or unhappy person. I literally get chills every time I hear it. If you know me, you know I love Elvis, so as I sit here writing this I’ve been listening to him sing this from Ultimate Gospel on repeat. It’s so beautiful and moves me to tears each time. So many people are afraid of crying, but scientifically speaking crying gets your lymphatic system to move. This is critical for treating illness. You gotta feel to heal and so many people are afraid to feel things. You can’t force this on someone. Just like you can’t force someone to heal. It doesn’t matter if its addiction, or a physical illness, it’s all connected and I believe the body is meant to heal itself. For me, I had to surrender all control, which if you know me, has not been easy, as I am very strong willed. This is why I wear reminders, like this bracelet from @myintent. It helps me surrender and have faith that God will protect me, that the Power of Good will protect me, and that whatever darkness and misery is put in my path it will eventually lead me to the light. And it has.
I once was lost, but now I’m found,
Was blind, but now I see.
Peace & Love
Amazing Grace, Elvis: Ultimate Gospel