From the Oxford English dictionary we discover the following definitions:
• noun enjoyment or vigour
- PHRASES with gusto with vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
- ORIGIN Italian, from Latin gustus ‘taste’.
• noun 1 elegance of movement. 2 courteous good will: she had the grace to look sheepish. 3 (graces) attractive qualities or behaviour: a horrible character with no saving graces. 4 (in Christian belief) the free and unearned favour of God. 5 a person’s favour. 6 a period officially allowed for fulfillment of an obligation. 7 a short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal. 8 (His, Her, or Your Grace) used as forms of description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
• verb 1 lend honour to by one’s presence. 2 be an attractive presence in or on.
- PHRASES be in someone’s good (or bad) graces be regarded by someone with favour (or disfavour). the (Three) Graces Greek Mythology three beautiful goddesses, daughters of Zeus, believed to personify and bestow charm, grace, and beauty. with good (or bad) grace in a willing (or reluctant) manner.
- ORIGIN Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’.
Gusto & Grace are words of strength that speak strongly of relationship ‘balance’; excellence born out of great communication and an attitude of living life to the max! There is a masculine and feminine contrast here; the warrior spirit, the wild heart on a mission to rescue the heart of the beautiful princess. Gusto & Grace represents ‘yin and yang’ – opposing but totally interdependent forces. Gusto & Grace combine to form something greater than simply the sum of the parts.
Life is best enjoyed with gusto, yet we need much grace in order to successfully navigate life’s challenges. With gusto we can push our boundaries, embrace personal growth, be energized, physical, passionate. With grace we can function with confidence and dignity, be slow to anger, resist taking offense, rise above those challenges.