Stitches in the Tapestry of Life: Color
Like a tapestry, our lives are woven of many types of threads, and the weaving continues through all our years. There are warm colors and cool colors, thick, sturdy threads, and fine, thin, fragile ones. There are dark threads and light threads. And the back of the tapestry, of course, looks much different than the front.
Will ours turn out to be a work of art, beautiful and fine?
What can we do to make it so?
One lovely aspect of works of art is color. Color! Full of variety and interest! Vibrant and rich! A colorful life is interesting, full of events, occasions, milestones, adventures, exploits, achievements, and happenings.
With intention, and with some determination, we can add color to our lives. We can explore new things, discover new possibilities and step into them; we can grow, learn, set challenges for ourselves. We can step out of the grind and make the effort to celebrate more. We can dream, and then set our feet on the path to that dream. These things are good for us! They pull us out of a drab, dull, unexciting, unrewarding, monochromatic rut.
This is one way we can add color to the tapestry of our lives. But there is another way, as well. This is to turn our eyes outward to find one who may be living in shadow. Who among us is getting bogged down in the drab and monotonous? Who could use a little brightness and bloom in the current tapestry of their life?
As we set our eyes on this outward quest, we will discover ways to bring vibrancy by many means. As we fix our attention on others, we may see inner possibilities, and be able to help this person visualize and step into these potentials. We can help them dream, and encourage actions leading toward those dreams. We can create celebrations for them—so they can be the focus of joy. If we look, we can find avenues to weave in serendipity and sparkle, celebration or fulfillment, and, most of all, the joy-ray of care.
What makes a life-tapestry a work of art? Surprisingly, we may find that the most beautiful and vibrant ones have not so much been adding color to their own weaving, but have woven multi-hued beauty into the life-tapestries of those around them.
A tapestry can be a beautiful thing. Entwining color takes time and effort. How will we allocate our resources, and what kind of artwork will we weave? A worthy question to consider.
Yours for a return toward Grace, Civility, Beauty, Gentility, and Excellence,