Monday, September 25, 2017

The Color of Happy

{This post is part of the Bella Grace Magazine
Field Guide to Everyday Magic blog hop. Be
sure to click the link at the end to discover
other inspiring posts in this series ♥}

My grandmother always said
that I was born with eyes the
color of deep purple pansies,
before they slowly changed to
their ultimate shade of hazel.
I don't know if this was factual
or just wishful thinking, but
what I do know is that purple
was her favorite color.

It just made her happy.

I listened to an episode of the
Happier podcast recently that
challenged listeners to choose a
signature color. This color
wouldn't necessarily be chosen to
decorate with or to wear (although
you certainly might). And the choice
wasn't meant to be practical--it
didn't show dirt, could be mixed
and matched, etc.

It would just make you happy.

Let's say you were going to
purchase a new travel mug for
your coffee or tea, for example,
and were presented with a
multitude of colors to choose
from. Without overthinking the
decision, which color would
you be drawn to?

To me, that choice would
catch my eyes like Dorothy's
ruby slippers against a black
and white background in The
Wizard of Oz. All others would
fade in the background.

That's how I'd know.

The podcast hosts advocate
having a signature color simply
because it gives your heart a
little lift. It also makes others
happy when they begin to equate
you with that hallmark color.

For instance, my late friend
Kathleen loved robin's egg blue.
If she needed a new scarf and
it came in that particular hue,
that's what she'd choose. To this
day, when I see an item in this
color -- a mug, a charm, a sneaker,
etcetera, I'm reminded of
my pal.

And of course, I'll always
associate purple with
my Mie-Mie.

Sharing the concept of a
signature color on the trail with
my walking buddies early one
morning, they all declared
what color they'd pick for
themselves. There was little
hesitation and I loved
their answers.

Lemon yellow. Raspberry
pink. Indigo blue.

What would yours be, they asked?

I sifted thoughtfully through
my favorites, but told them
I honestly wasn't sure.

Back at home, as I prepared
to leave for the day, the answer
became obvious as I gathered
up my things. My travel mug,
wallet and sunglass case were
all variations on my very
own signature color.

Except it wasn't a single
color, but a bouquet of many.
Each item was a different
floral, chosen for one
reason and one reason only.

It made me happy.

And isn't it lovely, in a
complicated world, when
that's enough?

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning,
and unallied with definite form,
can speak to the soul in a thousand
different ways.
-Oscar Wilde


PS: What's your happy color?
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A special thanks to the Happier podcast
for its ongoing inspiration.

All photos my own.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Heart-writing ♥♥♥

Recently my teenage Goddaughter,
Bella, was preparing to attend a
retreat with her youth group.

To enhance this experience, the
group leader asked Bella's close
family and friends to write her a
letter, expressing how important
she is to us, and encouraging her
on her faith journey.

I accepted enthusiastically.

Although her mom is like a sister
to me, Bella and I have never lived
in the same city. But we do see each
other every summer, and in-between
her mom keeps me up to date.

It's a wonderful thing to observe
a soul developing. Bella's was
born older than most, which I love
(and can relate to). One of our
favorite activities to do together
is scour vintage shops. We don't
always buy anything, but we do
enjoy soaking up the history and
special vibes of these places.

Old souls are like that :)

But back to the letter.

As I thought about the unique bond
that Bella and I have had over the
years, the words came easily, my
fingers flying over the keyboard,
determined to leave an impression
on her heart that reflected my own.

Have you ever written such a
letter, or received one?

If not, I urge you to do it.
Having a letter like this to hold
in your hands and look back on 
over time brings such lasting
joy to the receiver.  And giving
the gift of heartfelt words brings
equal happiness to the sender.

Because truly, we all want to hear
that we are loved and valued. Not
for outer things, like how we look
or what we have achieved, but for
simply, who we are. 

Sharing that gratitude and
admiration for someone you love
in a tangible and lasting way
doesn't have to be elaborate
or Shakespearean, just sincere.

I closed my letter to Bella with
one of my most favorite quotes.
It comes from a book called
The Last Battle.

I hope you like it, too.

Now, go write that letter. You
will never regret writing it, but
you will definitely regret
not writing it.

And this is the
marvel of marvels, 
that he called me


~ C.S. Lewis


{all pictures my own}