“Broken crayons still colour and your life is a canvas, what will you cover it with?”
Just first before I get to what I want to write about. I watched the VMAs. I saw a few snippets of it I mean, the awesome performances and messages some celebrities are sending out are formidable. I want to issue a thank you to those celebrities who are bringing awareness to things that need attention.
Recently I’ve been into running, it offers my brain a certain amount of clarity. This past weekend I ran 5K neon run in Oshawa, Ontario. All of the proceeds went to the Canadian Cancer Society and of course you’ve only to read what this blog is about to discover that I’m all over that like white on rice. I love these colour runs, I can’t stand the corn-starch powder that makes it difficult for me to breath afterwards, but I love the sentiment and the craziness that occurs when people gather together for a petite run in the name of a good cause, to have fun and to infuse their lives for a few minutes with extreme vibrant colour.
I love it. No if ands or buts. Love it. My neurons are all fired up and running on full cylinders and my brain waves are only sending out positive vibes. What more could you want? Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence says “The longer the neurons [brain cells] fire, the more of them that fire, and the more intensely they fire, the more they’re going to wire that inner strength –- that happiness, gratitude, feeling confident, feeling successful, feeling loved and lovable.” But we humans are prone to thinking negatively. Hanson says, “the brain is like velcro for negative experience and teflon for positive ones.” Ain’t it the truth?
We spend a HUGE amount of time living in increments of greys and blacks. So prone to live colourless are we.
So I did some research, looked up some reasons to use colour. Here we go:
- Using colour to speed up visual searching, this occurs when we scan an environment for specific characteristics amongst distractors. I know a mother who dresses her kids in bright florescent orange when she goes shopping, and I colour code my agenda. No wonder police departments and hospitals use colours for specific procedures. Using colour makes decoding and discovering faster and more efficient.
- Colour enhances meaning. Our brains are compelled to find meaning for everything, even when the meaning isn’t there. Our eyes are attractive to high-defined, contrasty and intense colour, and we therefore derive meaning from things that fall into those categories, using colour shouts out that this is important, pay attention to this; you’ll learn something.
- Colour establishes identity. Visual identity is highly important, as much as making yourself a brand that you’d sell or realizing that markets and business use colours to depict their image. What does red say? Or purple? Or Green?
- Colour is active in symbolism. Of course context plays an active role in colour symbolism, meaning that colour can have positive or negative connotations depending on what surrounds it. Colours are therefore used to convey moods. Just take a look at your photo archives. You’ll be able to tell how you were feeling at the time of taking the photos.
- It provides the metaphor in descriptive senses and allows to express ourselves in alternative ways. Verbal language is filled with colour metaphors. Are you feeling blue? Green with envy. Seeing red. Yellow and soaking up the sun. The list can go and I’m sure that feeling turquoise is different than feeling robin egg blue. AmIRight?
For the meaning, the decoding, identity, the efficiency, the ability to express and symbolize things, colour is inarguably important. If it’s so important why exist without it?
Lastly and this is different than the list, but I truly do believe that having colour means being full. That life is not complete but it’s pretty darn close. How to access this colour?
This is when we come back to Rick Hanson who says that we need to let ourselves absorb the good and focus on the positive experiences with the most personal impact. He also says to maintain a sense of wonder and amazement. As soon as we assume the mentality that we’ve seen it all, done it all, then well what’s left right? But this is where I’d like to quote Einstein who said “He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.” Be child-like and resort the old imagination station.
And if you’re worn out, a little shattered, or a little lost, please please remember that colour can still manifest. Just like that quote I’ve got up there: “Broken crayons still colour…”
Us happy people gotta stick together.
I depend heavily on my family and my friends whom I ask to send anything on happiness, or motivation, how they find it all in the name of life and being able to live it. I am very grateful to them for their participation. If you’d like to do so please…drop me a line.~FindingFelicity
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