Who doesn’t need a little colour in their lives? Or a lot?
A recent visit to the annual Carnival of Flowers festival had me reflecting on the importance of colour and sharing experiences. You may remember I wrote about the festival last year when a friend and I took the two hour drive up the range to the city of Toowoomba for a day trip.
This year three friends and I spent four whole days immersing ourselves in everything the carnival offered – and there was plenty! The weather was fine and sunny for the first two days, showing the public gardens off at their best. Careful management of water and selection of plants belied the effects of the devastating drought in much of Queensland. The riotous colours, the perfect blooms, the profusion of blossoms – it truly was a feast for the senses.
The competition gardens were no less impressive than the public ones, but quite different. Here, the gardener’s personalities were show-cased in their choice of plants, their layouts, but more especially in the quirky humour. I loved talking to fellow gardeners as much as I enjoyed their gardens. When I asked one avid gardener what she got from all the hard work it took to enter the competition she replied: ‘seeing the pleasure others get from my efforts’.
The Japanese Gardens at the University of Southern Queensland were a tranquil respite from the crowds in the public gardens. We strolled along gravel pathways marvelling at the structured form and inducement for contemplation.
When I think about the colour in my life it isn’t restricted to gardens, flowers or even anything material. I speak of colour in its widest sense. I imagine colour encompassing the people in my life: those I love and those freshly met; the experiences I have; the stories told; the way I think about the world. Each represents vivid, vibrant colour painted with broad splashy brushstrokes on a huge life canvas.
To share this experience with like-minded friends is beyond words for me.
If you change the way you tell your own story, you can change the colour and create a life in technicolour.