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Use All The Colors In The Box

Remember growing up and being told you had to color in the lines?  Or that you could not color a dog purple?  Or that the sun was not green?  I used to think Why not?  And never got an answer until I was older. I think the world if full of what I like to call personalities on viagra….rigid in their outlook on life.  Every thing must be so so and there can not be any change. You must eat turkey at thanksgiving and Ham at Christmas. You can’t wear white shoes after labor day and the list goes on .

I got  a picture like these roses with the St. Theresa prayer in an email from a friend. It just lifted my heart.. Aren’t they just gorgeous. I used to cross-pollinate roses to create different colors. I had some of the most beautiful roses around. I even had a red and white one that looked like a candy cane. I had a green rose before I saw them in the stores. So, why are we supposed to be so schedule oriented, so stuck in this belief system on things that do not even really matter?  Why can’t we use all the crayons in the box and color our world like these roses?  I think it is cause people are afraid. If they can’t control, they are afraid.

rainbow roses

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Saint Theresa’s Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

Saint Theresa is known as the Saint of the Little Ways, meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love.She is represented by roses. Doing little things well. We have this misconception that unless a person does really great things they are not important. Unless they have these super jobs, then the work they do is not important and nothing could be further from the truth. The people who do the little jobs are just as important.

Do you remember being told that you MUST know what you wanted to be in life before you got out of school?  I hate to tell people but I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up and I am 62. I want to taste all of life. I have done many jobs, including driving a semi. Just because I wanted to experience it. I think some things should be spontaneous and not planned out.

“Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. LIfe is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next…delicious ambiguity. ”

Gilda radner

We tend to take all the mores and beliefs as the Bible of life and never ask any questions. I remember being told when little that I asked too many questions. I think we should all ask and question. That is how great scientific discoveries were formed and how laws were changed. Life should not be set in stone.

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly. Richard Back

I call understanding that inner eye and ear…to listen with your heart and not just what you see or hear. Remember the days of radio. I can remember laying on my grandmother’s tall bed and listening to “The Shadow Knows” and other radio shows. Television was not the end all at that time and usually only the wealthy had it. Oh what visions within our heads came to life when we had no special effects on a movie or television screen to rely on.  We had to make our own special effects and the plot in our mind’s eye.

Sometimes I wonder if this is why people no longer dream. They have lost the ability to “see” within and so they are only looking with their eyes and they see all the reasons why the dream will NOT work instead of all the reasons why it might. One of my favorite quotes is:

“live life as if you’ll die tomorrow. Dream as if you’ll live forever.”

And while you are at it, use the whole box of crayons to color your life and color purple dinosaurs and green suns or whatever your heart desires. Fill your life with as much joy as possible, be spontaneous and close your eyes and see all the possibilities instead of all the reasons why your dreams will not work. When one thing does not work, don’t stop…..keep dreaming and working the dream.

“everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.” 

Leo Tolstoy

Often it is not the dreams that are wrong but our perception of life that is. Often we need to change how we view the world and our dreams…the change needs to come in us instead of in the dream. Let the child in you go and feel the excitement of life. Wake up and look around at all the presents life has given you instead of all the things life has not given you. We are not rich and live in this small house but if joy and home and family/friends love were dollar bills, we would be billionaires.

“You decide every moment of every day who you are and what you believe in. You get a second chance…every second.”

And dream people..dream.  They may not all come true but just dreaming about them is joy in itself. Don’t tie yourself in with all these restrictions and rules that you can not even tell yourself why you do them. COLOR…..color…color and use all the colors in the box.

April 9, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. How could you not fall in love with those roses?
    Gilda. Always adored her.
    Nice quotes. HUGS

    Comment by philosophermouseofthehedge | April 10, 2013 | Reply

  2. What a lovely picture – rainbow roses!

    Comment by Libby | April 10, 2013 | Reply

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