Color Your World with Crayons

by Percival J. Meris on March 22, 2009

Coloring Her World

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REMEMBER THE OLD COLORING BOOKS THAT YOU USED TO PLAY WITH in school and at home when you were a child? The pictures inside these books were mere plain outlines of people, objects, or sceneries. With all your childish excitement, you run to your drawer to get your crayons, and color the pictures as creatively as your fledgling mind can conceive.

Your Life is a Coloring Book

Given same coloring books containing same pictures, two children will produce different finished products, depending on what are in their minds. One will color it with radiant hues and ample brightness; the other with subdued shades and with lots of shadows. The inputs are the same, but the outputs are different.

Our life is like this coloring book. It comes just the way it is, uncolored by our own subjectivities. But when we receive it, we tend to put on it our own brand of colors. Different people given the same situation view it differently, as though there were as many different situations as there are people involved in it.

Why Some People Are Happy, Others Not

That explains why some people are miserable and others are happy. Remember, things are just what they are – nothing else. The colors of life that they see are the colors their minds paint it with. In other words, their external worlds are but reflections of their inner worlds – the world they create inside their minds. The world is just what it is, and yet it is as though there are as many different worlds as there are people living in it.

If there is any color to life at all, then they fall under three classifications: the bright and the dark, and everything in between coming as different shades in the entire spectrum. If indeed life has bright and dark colors at all, then we choose to see one or the other. Why do most people choose to see the darker side when they can choose to see the brighter one? But to put it more precisely, since life comes to us the way it is – “without colors”, why choose to color it dark when we can choose to color it bright?

Life Is What We Make It.

Life is what we make it. It is not created by any circumstance outside ourselves. In this life, there is no such thing as good or bad, beautiful or ugly. Life is just what it is. But by the working of our minds, which have been conditioned to think in particular ways by our mentors in the early years of our lives, we tend to color life according to these particular ways. That explains that given the same situation, people react to it in differently.

Blessed are those people who find beauty in “ugliness”. Woe to those who find ugliness in “beauty”. It is all in the mind, my friend. Change your thoughts, and you change your mind. Change your mind, and you change your circumstances, inside and outside. Our external world is but a reflection of what is contained in our minds.

You can choose to create the kind of mind that gives you happiness. Entertain positive thoughts, and you create positive mindedness. Open your eyes, and you see everything around you as good, even if in the eyes of many others they are bad.

Your Are the Author of Your Own Destiny

Life is too short to waste our time focusing on things that will make us unhappy. Sometimes I tend to think that many people find happiness in being unhappy. And they find it awkward to see themselves in happy situations. I just cannot understand this. Perhaps, this is because they have gotten used to being unhappy since their childhood.

We all have the power to change our life’s circumstances, using that part of us that we have most control of, our minds. Never relinquish this control to chance and circumstances outside you. As William Ernest Henley expressed in his poem Invictus: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” And my favorite quotation, my motto in life, states: “Man is the author of his own destiny under the guidance of God.”

Everything begins with the mind – the father, the creator. Our minds produce thoughts that write our destinies. Samuel Smiles expresses this connection in his poem beautifully:

    Sow a thought, reap an act;
    Sow an act, reap a habit;
    Sow a habit, reap a character;
    Sow a character, reap a DESTINY.

When we were born into this life, God gave us only one world. He gave to us this world as a coloring book and our minds as crayons. With a heart of a child but with a vision of a man, let us color our world with crayons.


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