The twenty-first-century world is enamored with the medieval era. From the popular television show Game of Thrones to The Hobbit trilogy to dozens of pieces of fantasy literature, I’m pretty sure we’ve all admired the beautiful dresses the women wore and the courage displayed by the knights. I like to caution against glorifying the past, but it is the truth that in the Middle Ages knights were inspired by the virtue, beauty, and purity of the ladies of the court.
“Lady” . . . what does that word even mean in today’s culture? When I hear the word “lady” it’s typically only in the context of being “old.” Sadly, that’s almost what that word has become these days. Instead of honoring virtue and femininity and purity, women of today are focused on being “sexy” and “hot” — and instead of aging gracefully, women believe that they have to look twenty years old their entire life. Yet look around you — are these women really respected by the people who know them? Do you respect them? Actions command respect — and the flamboyancy, the outspokenness, the snobbishness of many of today’s girls are not conducive to respectability. The phrase “luck be a lady” I find ironic, because luck does not, and never will, make a girl a lady.
1. IN THE WAY SHE DRESSES
I believe that a lady dresses modestly and femininely. I’m not dissing jeans or anything, but sometimes I think people need to make a little more effort to look nice. Your hair is one of your best accessories — use it! Stand up straight, smile, and do your best to appear approachable.
2. IN THE WAY SHE ACTS
Making an effort at kindness and forsaking pettiness is key to acting like a lady, to my mind. A lady shouldn’t be whiny or prissy, but should be warm and humble, making herself beautiful by the radiance within. Of course that’s an ideal that I fail at constantly — but I have so noticed that kindness makes such a difference in people’s days. It really does make you happier to help or smile at others.
Finally, I’ll leave you with one of the best definitions of “lady”: “A woman who is polite, refined, and well-spoken” (Dictionary.com).
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