I was out in my backyard the other night picking zucchini for our last batch of zucchini bread when I saw one of my favorite trees in the yard turning color.
She’s an autumn flame maple and at her peak color she is covered in a brilliant, fiery flame red dress. My husband nicknamed her ‘big red.’
On this early evening I caught her in what I believe is her full splendor. As I walked around the tree I could see every color of the rainbow.
Isn’t she stunning?!
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a tree in this many colors.
It reminded me of the incredibly rich beauty of this life.
Of light and depth and color and breath.
How true beauty lies within us.
We may manifest that beauty in vibrant fall showy color, but the beauty of the outside is merely a reflection of what is happening on the inside. The place where no one sees.
Our character. Our integrity. The essence of who we are.
Because when we are beautiful on the inside it leaks out of us in love, joy, grace, mercy, kindness, gentleness, and peace.
The real stuff.
My husband has carried this quote in his wallet for over ten years:
“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.” -Heraclitus
The content of your character is your choice. You make a conscious decision how you will focus your thoughts, your attention and your time.
Your integrity is your destiny. Who you are when no one is watching is who you truly are.
So many of us look at others and see everything we want but do not have and we get lost in the darkness of envy, jealousy, bitterness and competitive spirit.
When we enter that place, our thoughts turn dark.
But when we look at others and are truly able to lift them up and celebrate their gifts we see light. And seeing light is the only way in which we see color.
The only way we draw light to us and become light and color ourselves.
My husband carries that quote with him every day. It is his constant reminder that his thoughts determine his character. That what he does is who he is.
When we nurture the best in us and the best in those around us – when we build up instead of tear down – when we see each other not as competitors but as companions, our thoughts change. And those thoughts change us.
I believe this so fiercely it’s why it’s part of this blog’s name: boldly designing an unhindered life.
We get to design our lives. We have the power to make our dreams come true. We can choose to attract goodness and mercy and grace and peace.
But we have to give it away first.
What are the color of your thoughts?
TODAY’S CHALLENGE: Try to see in a different color today. Stop judging and criticizing yourself and others and look for the reflections of light.