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When Drama Delights

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The Autumnal equinox signals the beginning of Mother Nature’s most extravagant color spectacle of the year. As daylight hours fade, ordinary frocks of green worn by deciduous trees magically transform into golden, crimson and bronze gowns that shimmer in rays of sunlight.

MH900407575All the rainbow colors we have explored each month of this year- red, orange, yellow, green and blue, paint the scenery of trees and sky on an autumn day. The color of September, indigo adds the necessary drama for this season of contrasts.

How brilliant the colors against deep indigo clouds of a looming storm!

Many representations of the rainbow omit indigo and transition directly from blue to violet. Pity. Indigo has a history as rich as its hue. Its roots are Indian as the name implies, the word indigo meaning “from India.”

We shall follow the indigo trail on another day. For today, appreciate the drama she provides as you enjoy the autumnal splendor.

 

 

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”   George Eliot

 

 

It’s True. It’s Blue.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Close your eyes and imagine a calm and restful place. Mmmm. What color did you see in your mind? Chances are, a soothing blue colored your thoughts of a perfect place for respite.

Sailboat Under Blue Skies off the Florida CoastA cloudless blue sky.

Gently rolling waves of blue.

We are accustomed to associate blue with positive feelings of contentment and tranquility. That’s why the color blue is often used in the branding by companies that seek to inspire your trust in them, such as banks that want to put you at ease when dealings with them.

If you want others to feel relaxed and receptive when around you, wear blue clothing. You will appear more approachable and friendlier than if you choose to wear stoic black.

So it is with the month of August. Who doesn’t relish the comfortable days of August? The rainbow hue of blue that describes this month reminds us to enjoy the fleeting days of summer.

Relax while you can. You’ve waited all year for this time of vacation, walks on the beach hearing sounds of lapping waves, lying back in the grass to behold the immenseness of the brilliant blue sky.

It’s not too late to grasp your blue heaven on earth.

It’s true. It’s blue.

 

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”    e.e. cummings

 

 

A Recipe for Summer Smiles

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

What is no longer green and yet not quite blue? The color of July is a transitional hue on the color wheel that melds the freshness of green with the watery depths of blue.

Is it bluish green or greenish blue?

Turquoise or teal?

Aqua or aquamarine?

IMG_1242 Whatever the name, July marks that time of the year we can all enjoy. The month of longer days, vacations and relaxation, July is represented by the artful blending of tranquil green and calming blue.

Imagine the color of calm water as the sand below adds a golden tone. The blue bends slightly toward green to reflect this summery hue. One of my most memorable aqua sightings is in the wake of a ship cutting through the depths. The foamy rush of trailing water produces a magnificent blue green color I’ve seen nowhere else.

Green and blue, two universally favored colors, combine for this favorite time of year.  It’s no surprise this greenish bluish combination is universally becoming on anyone who wears it.

Since color is an efficient barometer to predict our feelings, being surrounded by a hue that creates feelings of well being is necessarily reflected in your face.

Are you smiling now?

“More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.”  Cecil Beaton

 

June the Month of Excess

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

The summer solstice of June guarantees excessive daylight of the longest day of the year. At no other time is the color green in nature so extreme.

vine leaf backgroundTraveling to northern climes, the color of June is unmistakable. Here, long rays of the sun coax leaf laden trees and dense grasses to display an exuberant hue I’ve missed in Key West.

Sure, palm tree fronds are green, as are the leafy backdrops to colorful hibiscus and bougainvillea. Yet, when the climate never changes, neither does the perennial green. The eyes get accustomed to the same multicolored views every day.

After months of bare branches and dried, brown landscapes, when bountiful warm sunshine calls all living things to “grow, grow, grow,” the enthusiastic summer celebration begins, clothed in resplendent green.

More daylight.

More green.

More reminders to notice life in vivid color.

Take time to see and appreciate the vibrancy of all living things- and that includes you. The sunshine is calling you to grow as well.

At this halfway point of the year, we are also half way through the rainbow colors of the year. We began with the warmest hues, variations of red, orange, and yellow.

As this month comes to a close, watch as the lively green becomes more subdued. Prepare for the cooling influences of the rainbow colors yet to come.  As with any excess, it is tempered by contrast.

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“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”

Gertrude Jekyll

We Live in the Golden Age

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

April is the most transformational month. If you’re in a Northern climate, the white and frozen ground is, one day, revitalized green with perks of lavender crocuses and happy daffodils flourished with a bloom of amazing color.

Not yellow.

And you wouldn’t call it orange.

daffodilsThat special color is reserved for April, the fourth month of our year long color journey. We began with the palest pink of January, the luscious red of February, and morphed, rainbow style, into outstanding orange during March. Let’s not hurry April as she takes center stage with the fascinating hue, reserved for a precious metal.

The fascinating paradox in Florida is that in spring, the leaves turn a golden hue and fall to the ground like bountiful piles of shimmery coins. Immediately they are replaced by fresh verdant green leaves to decorate the bare tree limbs.

Autumn transforms to spring and totally bypasses winter. I’ve gotten over my need to personally experience the four seasons. It’s not for everyone but it suits me well.

No matter where you are, April’s unique color contribution to spring warms and delights. Just look at last golden rays of a sunset. All the earth is embellished with the color of golden promise.

A glow that forever reminds us of the richness of life.

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Year of Color, Month Three

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Just as with anything new, the year began with the delicate hue on the very top edge of the rainbow. A wisp of color, pale pink to introduce new possibilities and our color journey this year.

Next, the intensity of commitment described by February's radiant red, the color of love. There is no turning back, this year is vibrant like the most dominant color on the crest of the rainbow.

Close-up of a gerbera What now, with March? The longer days, the warmer sunshine, the grip of winter subsiding, we are encouraged by the next phase of color, brilliant orange. How appropriate for March, as orange is joyful and happy. Think of your own appreciation of this month's activities.

Spring break.

Flowers peaking through the cold ground.

Colorful clothing emerging from your closet.

Orange is the color of hospitality. This month create a warm and hospitable place in your life to celebrate how far you've come so far this year.

We've many more colors to experience, yet savor this month of new growth and bask in the orange glow of your accomplishments.

 

"When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out- because that's what's inside. When you get squeezed, what comes out is what's inside."
Wayne Dyer

Amazing Color

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

If you caught even a glimpse of the yearly parade down the red carpet to Oscarland, you were treated to some amazing color. Yet, you may have blinked and missed it amid the dresses as colorless as the faces of the woman wearing the designer frocks.

Couple in Formal Attire The pale brigade, the ivory, the gray, and not quite gold, were saved only by the contrast of their neutrals against the red of the carpet. If these too subtle ladies were looking for a statement dress, it was more like a yawn.

And for the truly undecided about their color voice- never, never, never wear black. Too severe. Too aloof. They just looked drab and oh so sad. Unless paired with dazzling silver. Now that added some class!

No, give me rich royal blue, sumptuous red, breathtaking plum, captivating coral, tremendous teal, saucy melon. The resurgence of lively hues gladdens my heart. These ladies are fearless as they announce their color confidence.

No need to wait for your red carpet debut. Every day you have the opportunity to speak in your own color voice.

Are you whispering too subtly to be noticed?

Do you return to the severity of black and are drowned out by the cacophony of sameness?

Or do you proudly announce yourself with vibrant color that you love?

The choice is yours- everyday.

 

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
Steve Jobs

Bleeding Hearts and Others

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

bleeding hearts Look closely at this marvel of botanical nature. A favorite of my Grandmother's, this delicate flower held a place of prominence on her front porch. Surrounded by greenery and blossoms of every description, nothing could compare to the Bleeding Heart.

A confusing name to me as a small child. I watched it closely for red droplets like those I saw when I scuffed my knee. The tiny, heart shaped blooms hung precariously from the stem, but did not bleed.

As we enter the second month of this year, we leave the pale pink of the new year, that top edge of the rainbow. Like the edge of the Bleeding Heart transitions to deeper hues at its center, January's newness leads us in to the red month of February.

How appropriate this month our thoughts turn to hearts of another sort, Valentine hearts of the reddest hue. There are roses and heart shaped boxes of chocolates to look forward to this month. Are they going to be pink or red? Red is a deeper commitment than pink.

Pink is puppy love.

Red is passionate love.

Pink looks cheerful.

Red is powerful.

You started this year with thoughts or even resolutions about how you want your life to be. They were delicate pink in the beginning. Now, it's February. Have your intentions deepened? Are they fully formed and powered by the red of your passion?

I've noticed some of mine have drifted like pink feathers in the wind. Those I categorize as "wouldn't it be nice" intentions. Pretty to look at, yet weightless.

But February has a way or sorting priorities. What you are still doing by February to advance toward your dream, now that is where your heart lies. Your Bleeding Heart holds firmly to your core values.

Count your delight in shades of red.

 

"The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed."
Jiddu Krishnamurti

The Last Light Creates the First Dawn

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

The last sunset of December 2012. The final glorious rays caress the western sky and slip silently out of sight.The end.

Last Sunset 2012The promise of light begins a new year, January 2013, the beginning. Like the palest edge of the rainbow, dawn's light is warm and hued of pink. Pastel, gentle, newly committed in the morning sky.

Color not yet formed. Like the year ahead. Dawn's light, a tint of what is to come. Go easily into this day, your day of new beginnings. Dawn's light, a tint of what is to come.

Step lightly and immerse yourself in the warm glow of possibility.

The dawn falls softly on your face.

You are radiance.

January is the beginning. The month to explore newness. Enjoy the view from the top of the rainbow. From here you can see the life you dreamed about last year. It's closer now.

Follow the color of the dawn.

 

"The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path."
Jim Rohn

Is Space the Final Frontier?

Monday, October 29th, 2012

You may recognize the phrase "space, the final frontier" from old television episodes of Star Trek. Reaching Mars has re-energized the interest in space travel, yet there is a mostly undiscovered galaxy much closer than Mars and the moon.

The galaxy of the mind. As we looked at different aspects of our mind over the last few days, have you realized you still have much to learn about the vastness of that space between your ears?

The intellectual faculties describe your mind's powers that go beyond the six senses provided to you by your body. As humans, our mind is specially equipped to notice and process information, sometimes consciously and many times, subconsciously.

Maybe where you are today, the skies are gray and you are experiencing the effects of that mammoth storm.Your subconscious mind sets up the scenario before your conscious mind knows what’s happening.

You get out of bed a little more slowly.

Your eyes are drooping.

You reach into your closet and put on a blue shirt.

There’s no conscious reason for your gray mood, is there? It’s just how your subconscious mind is advising you to feel.

Your morning commute is filled with erratic drivers that cut you off and get in your way.

You struggle to find a parking place.

You drop your brief case in a puddle as you juggle your keys and coffee cup.

What a day you’re having!

At lunchtime, you leave the dreariness of your office, the ringing telephones and your irritating co-workers. Without much conscious thought, you walk down the block and into Jose’s, a local restaurant. A subconscious salsa craving must have drawn you there!

Inside, the walls are painted golden yellow with accents of bright terracotta red. Your mood suddenly improves. It was a color craving that guided you there!

You are surrounded by color that, somewhere in your subconscious mind, holds a pleasant memory. Warmth, vacation, delicious food. Whatever the color cues, your subconscious mind again takes control of your attitude. You no longer see a gray day.

Terry Trucco explains the power of our sub-conscious to create the environment we need. “The colors we crave are often a direct reaction against those that surrounded us most recently.” Positive color feelings have transformed your attitude and your experience of the day.

Attitude is always the composite of your thoughts, your feelings and your actions. This trio is responsible for producing your results. Let’s look at how closely the three are linked.

Your sense of sight notified your conscious mind the morning sky was grey. The subconscious mind, the seat of the feelings, is most alert upon awakening. It associated the grey sky with a feeling of being down. Perhaps as a child you heard “grey days are depressing” and out of habit you react this way. The conscious mind, the thinking mind, went along with the feeling, as it usually does, and produced thoughts to create the down feeling.

Thoughts – feelings – actions – results.

You say to yourself (thought), “I’m so tired”.

You are less energetic (feeling).

You move more slowly (action).

You’re running late for work (result).

Similar thoughts soon follow.

“I don’t want to be noticed today.”

You feel insignificant. You pick the blue shirt. You don’t plan on accomplishing much today.

“These drivers are out to get me.”

You feel aggressive and weave and cut through traffic, narrowly escaping being the cause of an accident.

“There’s never enough parking.” 

You feel out of control and find no place to park in the closest parking lot. Now you’re very late for work.

“I really need to clean out this briefcase.”

You feel disorganized. Kerplunk! You drop it into a puddle. You’ll have to redo the report inside.

“I work with a bunch of incompetents.”

You feel trapped by your job and scowl as you answer the phone. A good customer comments to your boss about your poor attitude.

“I need a change of scenery.”

You feel the need to escape and leave for lunch earlier than normal. You breathe a sigh of relief as you are drawn to a positive dose of color that improves your outlook.

Each thought you created in your conscious mind, reinforced the first feeling by the subconscious mind that morning. Your thoughts determined the actions you took, and those actions manifested as the results you experienced.

A good day, or a bad day, is entirely up to you.

Let’s take another look at the cloudy grey morning and how to get different results through the use of your intellectual faculties.

The perception of your mood is your cue to think about where the feeling is coming from. If it's just an irrelevant, habitual thought, you choose to not think it. Be good to yourself today.

There is no logical reason not to feel great today. It’s only the weather condition, not yours.

Access your memory for something that makes your feel good. Positive memories far outnumber the negative ones. Remember jumping in the puddles as a child?

You are able to imagine the sky brilliant blue. Just above the clouds, it still is. Start imagining where your next flight will take you.

Intuition tells you by wearing a bright color today, your mood will improve. And by driving to the second parking lot, there will always be a place to park.

Use your will to focus on what you will accomplish today.

Before you leave home, you get your day back on the right track. The inconveniences and irritations that you habitually experienced with your old way of thinking, won’t be a part of today.

Awareness is the first step in creating new thoughts, positive feelings, and more productive actions that lead to the results you want.

Only you can allow a thought into that final frontier of space, your glorious mind.

 

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Viktor E. Frankl


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