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Khaki Eggs

Sunday, May 05, 2013

All this change in me has gotten me thinking... about color.

Art teachers have assured me that all colors of paint make black, and physics teachers taught me that all colors of light make white. I beg to differ, at least with the art teachers; Easter egg dying with my family taught me long ago that mixing all colors gives you dark khaki. All of Dad's Easter eggs came out khaki. However his egg began, whatever color or pattern, he always kept adding and adding, re-dipping and evaluating until he'd added all the colors at least once. And they always came out khaki.

It makes me think of the things to which we aspire, the things we covet, the characteristics we endeavor to cultivate in ourselves. In our minds, we see each aspect as it is in its pure state - the individual colors in the cup. But our attempts to be all things to all people, or perfect at multiple things on top of each other cannot possibly produce any single color in our lives. What something looks like in its pure state - alone and undiluted or un-amended by its surroundings - isn't how it appears when combined with other colors in our lives. How could it be?

Maybe that's one of the reasons that sometimes having, achieving, or developing something always turns out to be a little different than what we expected. But that can be a wonderful thing if we come to absolutely embrace the dark khaki that comes from the many trials and "dippings" in life. We're all khaki eggs, and what a blessing!

Thanks for the metaphor, Dad. Your khaki eggs continue to give me hope. :)
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    Hi Gail--I love the Khaki----LOl-Lynda emoticon
    1805 days ago
    Khaki?! Interesting...It does make me want to go dye some eggs, though!
    A very nice blog, though!
    Keep it up, Gail!
    1812 days ago
  • KENWANNE2013
    Great blog, One of the the things I got from this, is that when you try to be all things to all people, then you run the risk of losing your identity. Being Khaki sometimes is OK, because sometimes it is Ok and appropriate to put others first. However, it is not healthy if it becomes a permanent state of being.
    1812 days ago
    My dear Gail:

    I read your blog 4 times because, to me, it is very deep and touched something in me.

    Like a lot of people here in SP, I struggle with my goals, changing them around, making new ones, writing blogs, supporting others, and living my life. In between all that, there are moments of despair and depression together with joy and peace, and the hardest for me to move away from lately is the despair. Your blog touched me because it reminded me that there is a BIG gray-khaki area that I am missing, the small moments to focus on in the midst of pain and trials. I usually do okay but lately had forgotten to go back to the khaki area. Thanks for the reminder and, like always, thank you for sharing with such careful planning and thought. I know you take the time to write it all carefully and I appreciate it.

    Your friend, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

    Love, Chelsea
    1815 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Interesting concept, a new way to look at things. Thanks for sharing.
    1815 days ago
    Egg-cellent observation (teehee!) You are so right! I think what I got out of this is that the more you learn to embrace the khaki in your life (things that don't go as you planned) the more joy you will find in the journey!
    1816 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    Thought provoking. Thank you for the wise words. emoticon
    1816 days ago
  • J2740LOU
    Great Blog! Very interesting and thought provoking. When you try to be all things to all people you lose self. Are you happy with yourself? You are you and that isn't going to change. An old proverb says: "Be what you is, not what you ain't. 'cause when you is what you ain't, then you ain't what you is."
    When you mix too many colors in your painting you end up with what we call "mud"! I guess that sort of explains the Khaki color. I don't really understand the physics statement. What I have learned is that black absorbs all colors; and white reflects all colors. Maybe a negative vs. a positive? emoticon emoticon
    1816 days ago
    Great blog!
    We can't be all things to all people but we can be different things to different people, like your Khaki eggs. Just a thought that came to me reading this.
    1816 days ago
    The spectrum of visible light and its absence, what definition, what drab would it be without?

    Neat stuff!
    1816 days ago
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