I recently had a gathering of friends at my home. In a thank you note that I got from a friend, she said, "I felt so welcome there and the energy in that room was just so good. It felt like the color gold if it could have had a color." So, of course, that got me to thinking.
I had never thought before of assigning colors to events or feelings. It made me think of the day last week that I picked my friend up from the airport. Our Kansas sky was the most incredible bright and clear blue that I had seen in a long time! It was even unique for us but definitely a far cry from the smoggy California sky that we knew and different yet from the Arizona sky where she lives now. I would not want to assign blue to that day, because we associate blue with being down or depressed. Many times on the way home we commented on how incredible that sky was with its white fluffy clouds. It made us feel happy and positive and optimistic and grateful. Periwinkle is a fun word and a unique and beautiful color. Perhaps that day was a periwinkle day! Or maybe is was blue calypso, providing us joy as we traveled along.
Can you think of special times that you could assign a color to? Can you think of a color that uniquely describes each of your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews? Wouldn't that be a fun activity around a birthday celebration, family fun night or Thanksgiving table – describing the color that each of your loved ones bring to the rainbow that you call life?
All color really is, is an object's ability to absorb or reflect light. So what color are you? How much light do you absorb and how much light do you reflect? What color are your moods and feelings? Do they make people around you feel optimistic and grateful? Thankfully, we are all a whole range of colors. Different seasons showcase different colors and none of them are wrong. They simply represent different stages.
An interesting sidenote is that when I got my pictures developed from last week's gathering at my house, there was a beautiful 'buttercream gold' overtone in the ones taken in my living room. It was a combination of the evening sun streaming through my beveled glass windows, the copper lace curtains, and deep wood grains in the furniture. When my friend described it as gold, however, I think it described, not only the physical surroundings but also the rich and beautiful friendships that were represented there. There is nothing else quite like it!
I encourage you this week to begin coloring your life. Look with new eyes. Write down color palettes or colorful descriptions that come to mind. (A great source of inspiration is paint swatch names!) Is your daughter's room or personality 'vintage pink' or was that lunch with a friend, 'berrylicious'? Have you enjoyed a walk in the 'lavendar twilight' of the evening lately or was your recent cafe mocha with your sister a rich and fun 'java jubilee'? The descriptions and possibilities are as vast as your imagination and creativity! Have fun with it and have a great week!
Coloring My World With You,