Green–The symbol of growth, renewal, and the rebirth of plant life (sometimes all life) on earth; an expression of fertility, freshness, youth as well as inexperience. It is the color of paper money. Some mixtures suggest envy, jealousy, guilt, disease, or terror. Green light is otherworldly because we experience almost no natural green light. via arts.unomaha.edu
Green = Rebirth = Life: For last week’s challenge on renewal, I added some information I found while researching the term. Some of it had to do with the color – Green. As I pointed out in that post, Green is one of the first signs of life in nature. It provides a canvas for the many shades of colors competing for our attention, and brings a sense of balance and lushness to an environment. Yet, green can also be the color of decay too. Gangrene of the limbs, rotted teeth and mold on food are the flip side of life giving green; they represent shades that can kill us. Whether we like it or not, green will play a big role in our future. As the debate on climate change continues, we will learn new ways to go green while working to protect our environment and, ultimately, our planet. Green also goes beyond nature, touching other aspects of life including money.
“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” Martin Luther
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Green = Refresh = Varied: Even though I’m not big on wearing things green, I have some in my wardrobe. I tend to lean more to dark green shades; teal, hunter, forest, and any of the dark green variety. However, I must admit I own a snazzy fluorescent green jacket that would make a fashionista weep. A few years ago, when I was experimenting with colored contact lenses, I was tempted to try out a pair in green but it didn’t work out so I settled on a warm caramel brown; it softened my face. When I went looking for more information on shades of green, in addition to the familiar names we all love, I found some of the funniest names out there. I’ve added the list to the last paragraph. Please indulge me and check it out.
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“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” William Blake
Green = Renew= Love: I love gardening, and the color green is vital to any garden… It is a sign that our effort will soon bear fruit. When we visit a fertile garden, we notice, rather quickly, that there are so many shades of green; from the lightest pastel to the darkest hue and there’s a reason for all that green. Why all that green? Remember our biology (botany) class days? The green shade occurs in nature because of a complex chemical known as chlorophyll and its role in the photosynthesis of plant life. Nature’s imagination needs science to do its part. It needs us to do our part. If you’ve watered a plant to life, you’d understand the exhilaration that arises when the first shoot or bud or leaf pushes through. More below! Thank you.