On_Gray

My favorite color is gray.
Why gray?
Gray is the in between of black and white and in a world where so many things have to be this way or that, I prefer the middle road. The gray.

It’s a reminder to myself that most of the good stuff in life happens in the gray, thinking and not acting, believing and not doubting, faith and hope instead of despair, understanding and empathy instead of judgment.
When things are gray they don’t have to be firm, they don’t have to be focused, they can be in between.

Gray is good in my book.

When in the gray, you don’t have to say yes and you don’t have to say no. You can say yes to both the white and the black.

The black and white world belongs in the early 1970s when everything was black and white on TV. I didn’t have color TV until 1981, so I lived in the black and white world a bit longer than most and got stuck there until I was round about 33, but now I can see the difference between living in black and white and living in gray.

There is a saying  – Barn’s burnt down…Now I can see the moon, it’s a quote from Mizuta Masahide, a seventeenth century Japanese poet and samurai. When I lived more in the black and white world this kind of thing occurred many times in my life. All or nothing. Black or white. Now, I don’t have to burn the whole barn down to see the moon, might have to knock down an old wall or two, but not the whole barn.

Gray is good. What’s your favorite color and why?

5 thoughts on “On_Gray

  1. I love orange because it’s sort of like gray in that it sits on the spectrum between yellow (happy, breezy, bright) and red (intense, passionate, deep) and always seems undefined, changeable, hopeful and full of potential. and to me, it’s always positive — never too intense or too frivolous, but always optimistic and on it’s way to being…more.

  2. I love your statement “It’s a reminder to myself that most of the good stuff in life happens in the grey, thinking and not acting, believing and not doubting, faith and hope instead of despair, understanding and empathy instead of judgment.” I feel so much more freedom when I’m “in the grey”. I’d like to be there more often. Oh, and I don’t really have a favorite color…hmmm.

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