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Color Outside the Lines

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up. – Allen Klein

So life is like a box of chocolates, and your attitude is like a box of crayons.  I like that.  It’s what you do with the crayons that’s important.  Are you going to be all nice and neat, or are you going to color outside the lines?

color outside the linesI’m going to talk about coloring for a bit, so hang in there.  When I was a little kid, I mean like kindergarten little, I had to bring a paper home to get signed by my mum.  She looked at the paper and didn’t understand why she had to sign it because I had done it right.  Turns out the paper had to be signed because I colored outside of the lines.  What can I say, I sucked at coloring.  I still do.

But ever since that day, I don’t color. At all. Ever.  All those awesome adult coloring books on the market do nothing but inspire fear and dread in my heart.  So for me, it’s not only a matter of gray crayons, it’s a matter of staying inside the lines.  For a very long time, I felt the need to conform and color my life picture in very drab, monochromatic colors and I was careful to conform – you know, stay in the lines.

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to realize a lot of things.  Conformity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Don’t just use the gray crayon, and color outside the lines.  Live your life and make it a vibrant, scribbly rainbow of color.  It’s your life, it’s your crayon box and it’s your picture.  No matter what you do, it’s going to be beautiful, and as long as you’re happy with it, that’s all that matters!

 

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