Sunday, January 22, 2006

Coloring in the Lines


I once knew a man whose
theology and philosophies
had been riddled with
a lifetime of woundedness.
He liked to take
the parables of the gospels
and twist them with questions
leading to a hundred new possibilities.
He believed all humans were born
with three God-given gifts,
power,
freedom,
and responsibility,
which to him simply meant
the ability to respond.
He once told me that
the reality of life is this:
We can't always color outside of the lines.
Lines exist and always will.
There will be rules
and laws
and boundaries.
But, even when we have to
color inside the lines
we can still choose
any colors we want.
Maybe he's right.
Maybe there will always be
rules,
laws,
boundaries,
limits,
all created to give the illusion of order,
stability and safety.
If he's right
then today I'm choosing to color my world with
periwinkle and mauvelous and hot magenta.
Today I'm picking laser lemon, purple pizzaz, and tickle me pink.
I may have to color in the lines but
my sky will be spring green,
my trees will be wisteria,
my flowers will be atomic tangerine and tumbleweed,
and the bird that sings in my heart
will be a brilliant candy apple red.

21 Comments:

Blogger liz elayne said...

oh my this is just gorgeous. thank you for this image...this reframing of what it means to color inside the lines. thank you. i am smiling at this idea of the bird that sings in your heart.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Oh wow, Michelle. This may be one of my favorite things you've written ever. And that's saying something!! Love the photo too.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous beansprout said...

Wonderful! And so true. We all have the "ability to respond" to any boundaries and limitation we may face. Oh and look at the beautiful choices we can make. Thanks for this.

11:40 PM  
Anonymous irene said...

what a perfect way to start my week. thank you.

12:35 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

This is lovely ~ I want my world to be colored with these vibrant streaks, even if it has to be within the lines.

4:19 AM  
Blogger brandie said...

such pretty colors all lined up together...i love it! hmm...i would pick green to color my world today cuz it's snowing and all i see is white.
great post!

5:26 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

wow...i love this. it really makes you think about how you
choose to start your day.

thank you

6:05 AM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

WOnderful~~~ Wonderful!~~~

It sure would make it a lot easier to get through January if we could change the hues a bit~! This gray color is wearing me out.

I love your thoughts!

6:29 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

ohhhhhhhhh...
that was incredible...
hurrah for choice
and color
and whimsy

:)

6:29 AM  
Blogger Kitty Kitty Peacock said...

The state bird of Kentucky is the Cardinal, which is a brilliant red! Sending happy feelings to you from the bluegrass state!
Loved this entry! Loved this image! Thanks.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Michelle, I needed this today!

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9:35 AM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

i'm a little contrary today, so forgive me for not getting wholeheartedly on board with this one. as for the assumed necessity of coloring within the lines.... it depends on who's drawing them and why.

generally i'm in favor of mutually agreed upon rules to provide a reasonable and peaceful coexistence within a diverse community. the key word for me in "the illusion of order stability and safety" is illusion. the broader your travel and life experiences are, the more the illusion becomes exposed.

9:42 AM  
Blogger gabrielle said...

Great photo, inspirational poem. BTW, love your blog...visit often finally had time to post. Fell off the wagon this month with Self Portrait due to hard drive crash. However, posted a pic to blog yesterday..drop by if you get a chance. We really just live down the road a piece from each other...too cool.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Glamorous Jo said...

I love your colors!

11:50 AM  
Blogger dani said...

hear hear sista! and love love the image!

2:44 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I want to see what you "color" and "draw" ...there are no judges here...just a circle of support edging you a bit past those lines..(of comfort?)

3:41 PM  
Blogger Frankie said...

FANTASTIC! I love the idea of color, of coloring each day differently based on how you feel. You are those bright, vibrant colors and it's wonderful. Wonderful.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous lela said...

yeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!
i've got the biggest grin on my face right now! i LOVE it!!!

i left a comment to Misty's post with her children's art about the time my daughter wanted to color her clouds pink. i'm too lazy to write it again... go see if you'd like...

thanks for this... you gave my heart a big ole smile!
xoxoxoxo

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Tongue in Cheek said...

The boundaries are a rainbow

9:21 AM  
Blogger Swirly said...

Sounds beautiful!!

6:37 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

three cheers for colors! for hot magenta and laser lemon candy apple red... yay for all the colors..! colors rock my world.

1:53 PM  

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