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I was out for a walk today and noticed the brilliant colors of flowers on trees and bushes. I also noticed something peculiar. Healthy bushes next to dead ones. Life and death right next to each other. A beautiful and healthy bush – full and lush with bright flowers in abundance – next to a withered up and dead plant. Why was one alive and thriving – and the other one in the same yard, dead? It didn’t make any sense to me. I came across other dead looking bushes around the neighborhood and was surprised to see that these were not just in an abandoned or neglected yard – but also in ones that were meticulously cared for. Sometimes there is nothing really wrong. Sometimes it just is what it is. It’s the circle – a time for life and a time for death.
It was a puzzle for me. Life is a little like this – life next to death – color next to black and white. Openness next to closed and shut up. A heart with a song – a life with no meaning. Some people flourish and bloom where they are planted – others stop living, wither up and die. And like in nature sometimes it is because there was not enough nourishment to the roots – or reason to live – sometimes it was just because it was the time to die.
Is there a time when death can become life? New from old? How did it change you? Is there time to let something or someone go? Have you ever had to do this in your own life?
Below is a little slideshow of some of the beauty in my neighborhood as I walked along. I’m taking you along on my walk today – sharing a little of this with you.
Enjoy the color of Seattle – drink it in.
My husband was the minister at a memorial service this morning – for a dear “saint” of God – who, in her own writing of her testimony – told how she had a life of struggle and circumstance – and was NO saint. Just a grateful recipient of God’s favor, grace and mercy. Sound familiar? Yes – it does for me too.
Greg then mentioned how each person on her life journey had impacted her life – and was like a “color”. Each person we meet through life – touches us and adds “color” to our lives – and when they are gone – that “color” is gone.
I have thought about this off and on throughout the last several months – people in our lives that represent “color” to us. Each one a different shade – giving us something we would not have without them.
As a musician I often use “color” examples to my students. I like them to know what it means to use the “tone” in their voice to match a certain color. Sometimes the student sings too “bright” or “yellow” and I need to use a dark color such as “deep red” or “deep purple” to get them to change the tone in their voice. This works well with students – because everyone can understand what a color represents – and then try to mimic that sound with their singing voice.
I am “dark pink” – not bright and sunny like “yellow” – not too dark like a “deep red” or “deep purple” – I am positive – but sensitive and at times complicated.
I have some friends that are “yellow” – very up and positive ALL THE TIME. I also have some friends that are very “deep red” or “deep purple” they are dark and mysterious, complicated and in their own right – fascinating and ever changing. And I have friends in the middle with various shades of green and blue.
My husband is “blue” – easy going – uncomplicated – predictable and cautious. He is simply the best and kindest of men – with a heart of gold.
My son is “dark green” – he’s a little like me – deep and sensitive – but also like his father – easy going and laid down.
My daughter is “fire engine RED” She’s a black and white – no nonsense girl – who wears her emotions and feelings out in the open – there’s no hiding with her – she’s unpretentious and authentic – irreverent and wonderful. You never have to wonder where you stand with Ashlee – if she doesn’t tell you – her look will knock you over.
My sweet son-in-law is “blue” like my husband – easy going, uncomplicated – with a good kind lovable heart.
What’s your color? Is there anyone missing from your color palette today? We all need each other – for that perfect balanced rainbow of color in our lives.
Have an awesome weekend!