Were You Ever Told to Color Inside the Lines?


“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.”~Katharine Hepburn

Imagine if you dare a world where everyone always colored inside the lines and used the colors they were “supposed” to. Where do you think we would be without our great thinkers, artists, inventors and those who used their imagination to create something new by “thinking outside of the box“?

“Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.”~Thomas A. Edison

Imagine if you dare a world that never changed because no one chose to question authority, stand up to the rules in place or challenge the status quo. Imagine if you followed EVERY rule, used the colors you were supposed to and never colored outside the lines that were pre-drawn for you. What would your life be like if you followed the same rules set out for you say when you were 10? The rules change as you grow older and as the rules change, so does your life!

“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.“~Marilyn Monroe

Each of us has a unique crayon box of colors just waiting to be splashed on our canvas of life. The challenge is when we get stuck on one rule or another that says we have a limited number of colors to work with and we can only use them a certain way.  We all have the choice to use our favorite colors, color outside the lines or to erase those lines completely. Each time we choose to use our own colors, think for ourselves and go outside the lines we heal ourselves and add freedom, beauty and fun to our lives.

“I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.”~Bob Dylan

What are your favorite colors? I’ll bet yours are a different hue, depth, or combination than anyone else’s.  The colors you choose are unique and beautiful to you.  If you don’t follow the rules of what things “should” be or look like you are free to create without limits. You are free to color your world the way YOU want it. Is there a place in your life you are coloring inside the lines, using the colors you are supposed to when you’d rather be using different ones? If so, why not try using a different color?

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”~Richard Branson

Ok, so you try doing something or responding a different way or thinking outside of the box and it doesn’t work. The beauty of using your own colors is that if you don’t like what you used or it doesn’t work you have the ability to change colors. If you’re always following the rules set forth you’ll never know if you are the next Thomas Edison, Georgia O’Keeffe, Twyla Tharp, Steven Spielberg,  Martin Luther-King, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg! You’ll never know how much your life or how many other lives you can change.

“Imagination rules the world.“~Napoleon Bonaparte

Your are only limited by the rules which limit your imagination. Dream big! Use new colors! Open your personal crayon box and color your world the way YOU want to. You don’t have to color between the lines because any lines you see are limits placed there by someone else that you’ve taken on as your truth. Draw your own picture! Color it in or color the page with random color. The only rule is you have to use the colors that make you happy. What’s your coloring book look like? What are your favorite happy colors?~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

On this day of celebration take a few moments to honor what it truly means to be free. There was a cost to the freedoms we now enjoy and with that freedom comes a certain responsibility. To truly be free means you honor and respect what you have. You take responsibility for your words and actions. When you are free you allow others their freedom as well. Freedom does not give you the right to judge or have power over others because even if you disagree, they have the right to freely express who they are.

We are fortunate here in the States. There are other places in the world where tyranny reigns, women are not equal and people are not allowed to have their own religious beliefs. There are places where people do not have freedom of speech, the right to vote and in some cases they are not even allowed their free-will.

Cherish your freedom and take a few moments in gratitude for the freedoms you have. Look inside and see what freedom means to you. Let our freedoms include love and tolerance of others. Take a moment to give thanks to those who fought (and are still fighting) for our freedoms. Take a moment to give thanks and honor those who paid the ultimate price with their lives.

Yes we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Let us think about how fortunate we really are to have those rights. Then of course….get the party started! How will  you celebrate your freedom today?~Shine Your Light Debbie

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