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.


Rainy Lake Gal said...

Always enjoy your blog friend. My color has changed with the seasons of my life & is currently purple.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Lovely, thoughtful post, Suzanne! I would have a hard time choosing a color, too...I vary so much through the seasons. Right now I love orange and month I'll be loving another color. I love that there are so many colors for all of my moods and feelings! Fun giveaway!

Deb said...

The colours of the sea are my favourites. Sea glass shades and the hues of the beach sand.
Lovely post.

sandi bendickson said...

I suppose a Garden Fairy would (should?) say that ALL colors are glorious. And that, in nature, nothing clashes. But personally? I lean a little towards the REDS. Warm, soothing, EARTHY kinds of reds. Yummy.

Dawn Y. said...

Suzanne, it's so lovely to read the magic that you watercolor with your words. I've been thinking of you! �� Just the thought of periwinkle makes my heart smile. It always makes me think of my dear friend Katherine. Simple florals might just be my happy color, too. The colors of a brilliant dawn also fill my heart with wonder of what the day will bring. Thank you for bringing us this important question to ponder! ��

Peggy123 said...

I always love reading your words. I always walk away with a skip in my step after reading your blog. My color, if I have to pin it down, would be robins egg blue. My bathroom wallpaper is that color. It's very wimsical and it always lifts me. Have a blessed day. Peggy

KAM said...

Suzanne, today your words were exactly what I needed to read. Thinking about colors, particularly as we are just beginning to see a hard shift in the seasons here in the Rockies. Always red is a color that sings to me; whether it be in the color of a wall, a piece of furniture, something I wear, flowers in the garden, fall leaves or sunrise and sunset skies. Red is my alive senses color.
Kristin -

V Yee said...

I've always been partial to hues of purple. Lately I've been drawn to the many colors of the sunset - orange, yellow, pink and blue. There is also the soothing color of a navy night sky. I am so blessed to be able to see and enjoy all colors on this planet ��. Why choose one?!

Susie said...

This was a visually beautiful post and most marvelous words to go with the stunning photographs. Soft blue greens are my signature colors right now. The colors you see as an ocean wave curls. It use to be be peacock blue, but changed without me hardly realizing it!

Janie Fox said...

What a wonderful read!
Always pink for me but the best is a raspberry pink. It's in different hues but it's in every room. It makes me so happy!

Jeanie said...

I'm so very glad to see you on blog! So, in a way, that's my happy color!

But in terms of the color spectrum, it's tough to decide. I'm always happy with aqua/turquoise but certain pinks and yellows do it, too.

Have you noticed (I plan to post on this someday) that there are very few happy-color cars? Almost everything I see on the road is black, dark gray or navy, silver or white. On occasion you'll see more maroon than red but not lots of that. The other day I saw a yellow car and I almost ran into a tree because I couldn't take my eyes off it. Mine is silver and when it dies someday, I'm going pretty!