A Life in Hues


In a world full of color, it can be hard to see the color that is right before our eyes. Sometimes, our own insecurities and fears dull the vibrant hues of our heart and mind, and we are blinded to the beauty that is within us; even to the beauty that is around us. We begin to distant ourselves from the present and our colors slowly fade. We feel as if something is wrong or out of line or just different. Why do I worry so much? Why am I feeling this way? Why can't I fix myself? Our thinking becomes tainted with self-criticism and judgment, and without even knowing it, our colors are mixed with darker colors. Red no longer reminds us of our influence in the world and orange loses its power to bring joy. Yellow fails to speak of ways to be thankful, and green no longer whispers serenity and peace. Blue withholds imagination, and purple lacks confidence and self-esteem. Just as we distant ourselves, so do our colors. It is like a color wheel that keeps on spinning, keeps on changing. Overtime, what was designed to radiate in light is darkened in fear, and our color wheel becomes not a wheel of colors, but of grayish tones. 

I would have a hard time believing most of us keep our full color 24/7. I think at some point in our lives, we all experience fear, insecurity, and doubt. To the outside world, our changing in colors may be misleading. One day we may look like the brightest yellow when another day we are but a muddy gray. A muddy and disgusting gray painted on the side of an old and rustic billboard. We may feel insignificant and alone, confused as to why we don't radiate as much light as we used to. Brightening the exposure of our color may work for a moment, but when it is all said and done and we're left alone to dry, our color seems to fade. We continue to self-doubt, self-criticize, and we forget the tremendous influence we can have on people. From our eyes, the world looks grayer now. We are grayer now, and it is impossible to return to our original hue. 

Now what if I told you there was a way to get your color back? To not just get it back, but to keep it bright and vibrant and present. Obviously, we all have happy days and crappy days, but our color isn't dependent on how good our days are. In fact, it isn't dependent on anything at all! We have the power to protect the hues of our hearts and minds by what we choose to think. It's that simple. It is how we view the situation; thinking right when feeling wrong. On the days we feel the farthest from color, we can still put focus to areas that have yet to be grayed. In other words, we can focus on the strengths we do have, rather than the strengths we don't have. We can acknowledge our small successes and triumphs, our persistence and relentless faith. We can take delight in the little things, and keep hold to what makes us unique and special. When we turn our attention to the color that is there rather that isn't, even when we feel gray...we can still be vibrant. As a matter of fact, people will notice our vibrance. They won't just notice it, but will want more of it.

So where are you on the spectrum? Do you feel gray, or are you a sparkling, go-happy rainbow? Whatever the case, you have colors that need tending to. Starting today, let's celebrate your strengths and your triumphs; your unique joys and your many interests. Let's take delight in what makes you different and real, and CHOOSE to brighten these areas of your heart. The more you get in touch with what makes you YOU, the more your heart and mind will be enlightened to its true vibrance, your wildest colors. 

And please, don't be frustrated when you find yourself feeling gray again or having a bad day. Your color IS there. It just needs a little attention. That is why I like to call this crazy and funky and ever-changing life, a life in hues. 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable; if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
— Philippians 4:8-9



Instead of leaving you with just another blog to read, I wanted to give you a tangible way of putting all that I've said into practice. So why not we actually lighten the hues of our heart and mind? 

Activity: "MY COLOR IS" Find one color that you're currently wearing or that is in proximity of you, and answer the question according to that color below. For instance, if you are wearing yellow, share one thing you are thankful for! I am thankful for my sister, Joelle, and for her constant companionship in my life. You can share your answer with a friend, post it online with hashtags #mycolorisyellow#alifeinhues, or share it with a random stranger. Ready, set, go! 

Janae Dueck