The page was blank and the possibilities endless. What would be created when the color was applied to the page? Would a flower slowly appear? Perhaps it would be the profile of a loved one? Maybe splotches of color would reflect the vibrancy of life.
“I will have me a symphony of coloring. I will enmesh me in the noon sun’s gold and wind about me the moonlight’s silver sheen. I will dream in a gown made of the haze of a summer evening twilight, and I will have robe on robe of the sky’s deep blue, and I will line them with clouds of ermine, and from their trailing folds red stars will gleam. I will pluck the green from the treetops, where wild birds nest and sing, and in the weaving I will ensnare a song. And when Sorrow is my guest, I will wear a gown made of the cold, gray mist.” Muriel Strode Lieberman certainly saw the vibrancy of life as she related life experiences to colors.
Robert Fulghum also used colors in speaking of living. “Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. – a happiness weapon; a Beauty Bomb. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of crayons. … And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one… And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.”
Writer, poet, and artist Jay (nickname for Julia) Woodman also knows the value of coloring. “Colour outside the lines, live outside the box. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do, or not. Don’t be afraid, listen to your heart. Heaven is a state of being – of one-ness, and Hell is a state of being – lost. We simply need to live as we best define ourselves, find our own ways of being who we are in our world.
“There is no requirement – only freedom of choice. We should not be judged if we are doing what we think best according to our perceptions at any given time. Guilt should be discarded, moved beyond – what matters is who we choose to be in the next moment, given what we might have learned. We continually create ourselves anew. “Forgiving someone is a great way to show love, and forgive yourself too for the hurt you held onto far too long. Take back the energy you have wasted on these things and reclaim your power to be your next best self. Honor the past but refresh.”
When we color, we are building on the past in order to create something new, something for the future. We begin with a blank page or possibly an outline. We can color within the lines but also outside of them. Maybe we do this by ignoring the set path or by using imaginative colors. The fact is the future is ours to create. Beauty without color should not exist in your world. Crayons, paints, pastels…These are all magical dream sticks. Pick one up today and begin to color your future. It will be a masterpiece!