Jan 1, 2017

The Colors of the World

Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel. All claimed that they were the best. The most important. The most useful. The favorite.

Green said:
"Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I
was chosen for grass, trees and leaves. Without me, all animals would
die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the

Blue interrupted:
"You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is
the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the
deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace,
you would all be nothing."

Yellow chuckled:
"You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the
world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow.
Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile.
Without me there would be no fun."

Orange started next to blow her trumpet:
"I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am
precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important
vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and papayas. I
don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or
sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to
any of you."

Red could stand it no longer he shouted out:
"I am the ruler of all of you. I am blood - life's blood! I am the color
of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring
fire into the blood. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the
moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the
poinsettia and the poppy."

Purple rose up to his full height:
He was very tall and spoke with great pomp: "I am the color of royalty
and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am the
sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me! They listen and

Finally Indigo spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with
just as much determination:
"Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but
without me you all become superficial. I represent thought and
reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and
contrast, for prayer and inner peace."

And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own
superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly there
was a startling flash of bright lightening thunder rolled and boomed.
Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in
fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.

In the midst of the clamor, God began to speak:
"You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to
dominate the rest. Don't you know that you were each made for a special
purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to

Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands.m
God continued:"From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across
the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace. 
The Rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow."

And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a Rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.

-- Author Unknown

Goodbye 2016 and
Happy New Year!!!
May we all turns the clouds, the rain, and the worry and fighting into rainbows of hope. 
For eventually, the sun will come out again.

2016 projects completed:
Blankets or Comforters: 24

Cloth Napkins 75
Potholders, coffee press wraps...lots
Bibs, Burp Pads, Cloth Wipers etc. tons and tons and tons
Wedding, Birthday,Christmas misc.crafted items...tons and tons and tons and tons

Some for family, some for gifts for others
25 a year to charity, always

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.


Joyce Carter said...

Happy New Year Michelle! And congratulations on the new grandbaby. This year has been really rough, so I hope 2017 is a better year for everyone. Take care of yourself.

Paula, the quilter said...

Happy New Year, dear Michele! I'm glad hubby is safely in your care. I tried twice to write this message on my iPad and it crashed twice right after the word 'glad'. I think I need a new one. Bah. 2016 strikes again.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Happy New Year. A lovely read on New Years Day. A metaphysical reminder. A prayer for all to heed.

Thank you for continuing to blog.
xx, Carol

O'Quilts said...

Hi Michelle...We are all planning on some positive adventures in the New Year...Hopefully the hip replacement goes well...I tried to send you a bit of an email..but the box was full or email disconnected..Thank you as always for your encouraging and hopeful notes on my blog...sending New Year's Love..xxoo Diane

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Susan said...

Happy New Year, Michelle to you and yours. May this year be one of great blessings. I love the Colors of the World poem above. Thanks for sharing it.

Winifred said...

That was lovely. Thank you Michelle. What a good idea to record your work. I keep meaning to do it then forget. Must try harder!
Have a lovely year in 2017!

Rayna said...

This is so beautiful, Michele. Thanks for posting it and I wish you a beautiful year ahead.