Grey is a backdrop, where even ordinary colors pop. Grey is the day that you can let turn bad, should you make that choice. But grey gives the option of strength. And also rest. Grey is where the dirt blends in.
You likely noticed that the header and background on this very website are grey. With bright green popping. The StaciPollard.com logo is no accident.
I used to be with someone who called me a pessimist. But in fact, I’m a realist. I accept reality. Period. But this doesn’t mean I dwell on what might be inconvenient. Reality’s lack of perfection does not mean I’m dwelling on anything; the negative is just there. Denying it will not propel me forward. Grey is death turned to dirt, and in turn back into life. Without grey, there is no life. Pessimism? Dreary color? I think not. I choose to look past the grey day and the decay to see what’s on the other side.
So grey is really what allows us to appreciate the joy and value of life. How beautiful would the bright yellow sun be if we had never seen a grey sky? How much would we appreciate the laughter of children, if we had never seen tears?
So when I’m coaching my clients, and they bring up observations or concerns in their lives that can limit how far they go, whether it limits their life or just the day, I question their perspective. And if you come to me I’ll question yours. Have you found the positivity in your struggles today, or have you given up? Did you use pain as an opportunity to grow, or did you cower? We don’t always make the right choices, but every day is a fresh opportunity to make new ones. Perspective is everything.
So there’s a nearly dead tree with one blossomed yellow flower. Do you see a dead tree? Or do you see the miracle that nature can offer you in that exceptional flower? So go forward. And, as my best friend tells her teenagers every time they leave the house, “make good choices”.