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Thanksgiving – Charm

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.
Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Whilst filming different movies simultaneously in a town some distance away from Hollywood at one time, a young up and coming Kirk Douglas was flattered when the aging star Errol Flynn invited him and his date to dine with him. ”I was a young star; he was a legend,” Douglas recalled. He was even more impressed when Flynn selected the most elegant restaurant and ordered the most expensive wines. All during the meal, Flynn was charming, displaying an easy wit and great sophistication. At the end of the meal, when the bill arrived, Flynn made a point of quickly reaching for it, ran through the itemisation to see all was in order and then handed it over to Douglas saying, “Kirk, It’s been such a lovely evening that I wouldn’t dare deprive you of the honour of being host.” Douglas, with his mouth agape, simply paid it.

Charm is an intangible item, perhaps more easily defined by its absence than presence, but when a person is gifted with this particular quality in life there is nothing more appealing to winning over people’s hearts. As the ancient wisdom goes, people often won’t recall what you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

In 1952, a young dancer was plucked from relative obscurity to star in a film alongside one of the biggest male box office stars of the day. Hierarchy dictated the male star’s name alone would be seen above the movie title on posters and cinema marquees around the world, but after several weeks of filming the star soon realised what a fool he would look if he helped to keep her light hidden under a bushel. Audrey Hepburn went on to be a smash in Roman Holiday and charmed movie audiences for several decades thereafter. Films like Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade and My Fair Lady have become familiar touchstones to movie lovers, and indeed lovers, for decades and have helped carve out a special fondness for Ms Hepburn in many people’s hearts. When she branched out of acting to put her renown to good use in aid of several humanitarian causes it seemed a natural and genuine extension of her personality and only further endeared her to the world.

To all those people possessed of a disarming charm, and who make the world an easier and more appealing place simply because of their grace, style or easy manner with others, we say thank you.

Previous thanksgiving article: Inspiration

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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