Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it. – Pierre Bonnard
Happy Color-filled Friday! For today’s journal prompt, download the prompt below and get out your favorite Friday pen . . . you will be recording five “colors” . . . five “things” that reinforce pleasant experiences in your life. Yippee! And yippee for journaling!
For me, the first “color” that comes to mind is helpless laughter — the kind that is snorting, gasping-for-breath, cheek-hurting, and side-splitting. There is something that is just so enriching and bonding about this kind of laughter. When I experience helpless laughter, I feel as if my entire system has been rejuvenated, restored, and reset. It feels so good! I can remember a time when I was going home after a night of dancing with some friends, and I thought I was going to simply split with laughter. We were telling stories and just hooting it up and having so much fun. We eventually pulled until we could get it out of our system.
The funny thing is I can’t remember what it is we were laughing about, but we sure were having fun. I don’t remember what any of us were wearing that night or who the band was or who I danced with that evening. But I can distinctly remember the moonlit night and the the Joyful White Noise of Laughter that boomeranged throughout the car.
It strikes me that this kind of laughter doesn’t happen nearly enough in my life. I think about the “features” of this “color” that bring back such happy memories . . . spontaneity, camaraderie, an enormous feeling of letting go.
Here’s the thing . . . one cannot simply summon or command a moment of helpless laughter. It’s the sort of thing that just happens. However, I can look for opportunities to create moments that involve spontaneity, camaraderie, and letting go. Are you with me? Simply being open to what I value may very well lead me to different shades of happifying.
Maybe I am stretching here. But this is what I enjoy about journaling: stretching and growing my perspective in ways that embrace newness that feels good and that enlivens my life. I am suspecting that the very act of seeking joy in my life is going to bring me joy in return in unexpected and new ways.
Record your five “colors” and let me know what you think. Click on the aqua-blue link below to download and happy journaling!
[Print this prompt out, 3-hole punch it, and start your journaling binder. Take the writing journey and listen . . . you can’t get lost when you are following your own heart. After all, you are the only one who can hear what it has to say. The only one. Relax, read, think, feel, listen, write. Repeat. And enjoy the journey. It is a fine one, and one that is perfectly-made just for you, I promise. Life is meant to be grown.]