MARCH IS NATIONAL COLOR THERAPY MONTH

TL MARCH IS NATIONAL COLOR THERAPY MONTH

Colors are the smiles of nature.  – Leigh Hunt

It’s yellow…  it’s happy!  Can you dig it???

If you do not feel your best in the morning and are deciding what to wear for the day, it’s tempting to find the most dull outfit in your closet, put it on and hope no one notices you all day.  Admit it, you’ve done it and so have I.

Even on the days you feel the worst, fix your hair, make up your face (don’t forget the coordinating shade of lipstick), and dress up!  It may not work immediately, but a splash of yellow to relay happiness to others or a smidge of orange to share joy will have you feeling more positive soon.  At least it will look to others like you have it together and are feeling happy and joyful.  The joy and happiness will reach you eventually – believe me.

I’ve learned so much from the ladies at the hair salon!  Every one of them is over 70 (some well over), and they dress up, make-up and SHOW UP!!!  They wear bright colors with bright lipstick and big smiles.  They may be walking with a walker or a cane, but they are never looking mousey or tacky.

What is color therapy?  Well, there is a strong bond between colors and emotions.  Some people love black because it is a secure color.  I wear a lot of black because it makes me look thinner and hides a multitude of bulges (unless it’s my black one-piece swimsuit).  Some folks hate black and see it as depressing, evil and cold.  It depends on a person’s life experiences.

My emotions can go either way when I see teal blue.  It was my mama’s favorite color.  She was buried in her favorite teal blue dress, she did a lot of decorating with teal.  She had the most beautiful fox fur coat with a teal satin lining.  Sometimes I’m okay and just smile and think back.  Other times, I have to excuse myself and go somewhere to cry and get myself together.  Color can trigger emotions because our senses are so tuned in to them.  Almost everyone has certain trigger colors that cause a knee-jerk reaction.

Have you ever had a color reading?  I did a few years ago when it was quite trendy.  It was all in fun at a women’s ministries meeting one Saturday morning.  They told me I should not wear a high collar (which I already knew) since I have practically no neck.  They also said that the color pink is my perfect color.  A pink button-down shirt works best.

The interesting part was what I should not wear.  They told me to stay completely away from white.  The quick-witted comedian I am, I had to pop off.  I said to the ladies assembled,

So, folks – if we are going to be robed in white when we get to heaven…  well, I’ll just offer up my apologies ahead of time!

The ladies got a kick out of it, but the ones doing the reading…  um…  not so much.  They were trying to be serious and I guess I blew it.

They told me that while red is usually a “go-to” color, I should walk away from red.  Apparently it brings out my rather “ruddy” complexion.  Well, we Dutch tend to have a bit of red in our cheeks, so…  I should not “go-to” it.  I should “run from” it.

I’m a Spring, so they tell me.  I’m supposed to dress in pastels.  But I think sometimes we need to dress in a way that lifts our spirits.  Splash a colorful scarf or necklace around your neck.  Wear those red shoes.  I don’t always wear pastel colors.  Today I wore an emerald-green V-neck and blue jeans with a Celtic knot necklace and matching earrings.

At some point in my life, I plan to join “The Red Hat Society”.  Now THAT is some color therapy!  I remember when mama told me that you never wear red and purple together.  Well, mom, guess what???

MARCH - THE RED HAT SOCIETY

And what of life?  Is it black and white, or are there some shades of gray?

Even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good – they are the heroes of their own lives.  Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of gray – and shades of gray are also a part of life.  – Stephen King

Hey – it’s my color therapy.  Who says I have to follow the color guru’s rules?  Wink!  😉

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

TL ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (3)

HEAVEN IS JOY WITH JESUS
On this day in 1776 in Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell rang out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House.  It summoned citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, by Colonel John Nixon.  As an American that naturally makes me feel proud because it was the beginning of our country’s freedom.

The freedom I look forward to in the future is heaven.  The older I get, the more attractive heaven sounds because God’s Holy Bible promises that there will not only be no more parting, but there will be no more pain! I will no longer have to buy Mineral Ice at Wal-Mart and take a bath in it. I won’t have to walk with a cane. Blood sugar? What’s that???

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. – Revelation 21:4

Not long ago, we were shopping at an antique store and I found a beautiful decorative plate. It was solid black with a stream of bright colors running through it. I was mesmerized by it and intrigued with the intricacy of the pattern. For some reason, it reminded me of heaven’s brightness in the shadow of death.

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? – John 14:2

I like to think that my dad is in heaven planning and designing mansions. I know it is God who has already prepared my place, but I like to think that maybe dad is building little extras for my place, much like he did down here for me. My mansion will be yellow and blue. After all, surely the colors there will be the most vivid ones – and the Lamb of God is the light – so it will be very bright! We will praise Him forever for all He’s done for us.

This is from 1948, but it’s as true today as it was back then.  May we never take our liberty for granted.  May we always be grateful to God that we live in America.

I read an article about what a good blog is made of. They said a good blog post should be researched thoroughly and written with a great degree of accuracy and no beating around the bush. They said the average blog reader has a goldfish’s attention span – about 9 seconds. People scan and if it “catches” them, they read, if not, they move on.

Well, research, hmm… God’s Word is my source and God’s Holy Spirit is my inspiration. Written accurately? I pray before I write, so I sure hope so. Wow, if the subject of heaven does not “catch” you, I feel sorry for ya!  Wink!   😉