You surely have seen at least one old movie – all black and white, maybe one that is still great. But it seemed to be so different! -only because of the missing colors. We live in a colorful world, and we are used to seeing colors everywhere. What about your life? Is it colorful? Apparently, everyone would say yes. My life has all colors because everywhere I look I see colors. Look at my home, it is so colorful with all those pillows or flowers. I have a blue car. I’ve got green eyes. White is a color. Let’s take a closer look at these arguments. Are these colors from outside or do they come from inside you? What are you talking about? Going deeper, does your life have many colors or, by the contrary, a greyish one? What is your answer?
How do you perceive life?
Black and white or colored? Now look around. There is red and blue, green, yellow and pink… all colors and combinations, evens shades you’re not sure you know their names. At visual level, life is so colorful around us! Why would your life be different? Are you here or not?
Outside us, all colors are changing. There is spring first, then summer, autumn and so on. The colors of spring are so different from those of autumn, aren’t they? Maybe you like that infinite range of yellow-red-brown of leaves and trees. Remember the smell of your favorite flower – what color is it? Or should I say, how many colors can it have? In a big city, there are the traffic lights, and the ads at night, when nobody’s on the street. People on the street, their clothes, their cars, are colored. The city still remains colorful even when it’s dark and you’re not there.
One may say here that winter is all white. And it isn’t. It may be white or grey, when the weather is not so good- but winter brings us Christmas, too. Christmas has so many colors of the presents we give and receive, of the Christmas tree, of the food we eat with our family. Even winter has all colors, at a second thought.
So the outside world is helping us see life as colorful as it can be. But, sometimes, we refuse to have colors in our life. We see only one or two and we neglect the others. Why?
Children use many colors
Children are great and we can learn a lot from them – using all colors is definitely one of those lessons. Then they grow and become teenagers. Some of them tend to wear black and to irritate their mothers by doing that. Black represents better their mood for that period, or maybe it’s something deeper in that. It’s certainly a phase, as it has an end. They eventually start to wear colored clothes. At that age, people start thinking in ’black or white’ terms. She loves me or not at all, my hair is now as I like it or by the contrary, I hate it and so on. Love or hate for almost everything. And maybe some people stay there for the rest of their life.
What colors do you wear?
If you appreciate and wear all colors, good for you! It does say a lot about your personality. But do you know somebody who wears only black and white? In some cultures, this is when you have lost someone and you express your regrets by that. There is a period in a teenager’s life when he feels that black suits him the best. There is also a dress code, for some jobs. But somehow, for some of us, it becomes easier to wear only grey or pale colors. We forget about the bright ones, or we simply avoid them. The grey clothes can easily match, or they are more practical… so many reasons or pretexts to forget about colorful clothes.
Going from grey to bright colors
Step1 — What is that color for you? What does it really mean to you?
There are some useful questions here:
What do you think about it? How do you feel it?
What is the most beautiful color that you always remember?
As yourself, for pink, for instance: – How is pink? What is pink? When your answer is like ‘Pink is the teddy bear I used to embrace when I was 2’, pink is security and comfort. If ‘Pink is the flower from….(someone)’, then pink means love.
More things have to be added when the answer is ‘I hate pink’. Pink is pink, no matter what. It still exists even when you close your eyes. You cannot make it disappear, nobody can. So you live with it. You hate it because pink is for you ….. (you know better).
Step 2 – Bring it back into your life
So you know what that color means for you- a certain feeling, a thought, an event, a person. Bring it back in your life. Until you feel that again – or you will like the color.
Maybe your living room you’ve just redecorated or your own desk is only in black and white. It’s about a calm and peaceful atmosphere, where energy flows smoothly and you feel inspired or relaxed. That’s what you intended to get. It’s fine if this is how your desk helps you get more creative. But have you tried adding a bright colored object in it? Experts recommend it, by the way. Or more little ones? It doesn’t ruin the peace of that place, it doesn’t interrupt your creativity. It only helps it.
Use red, for example. Depending on your culture, it might symbolize passion, love, anger or other strong emotions. So do something that express that. Express your passion. Dance. Cry. By yourself, at the beginning.
Use yellow. This is the color of the sun. What does the sun do every day? It shines. It warms us all and makes plants grow. Life on Earth is possible because of the Sun. Be a sun. A little one, if this idea scares you. You can shine and give some warmth to others. Or to yourself.
Colors are all necessary for all human beings. They change your life for the better. Living in a colorful world, your life should be colorful, too…
P.S. What is your favorite color and what does it represent for you? Share it with us all.