Thursday, April 20, 2006

Green, Green, my love is Green

Green abounds in spring and summer, clothing much of nature and providing the backdrop for both simple blooms and elaborate flowers. No wonder it symbolizes fertility and growth, harmony and freshness.
Now I don't know if they can prove this with clinical studies, but many say green has great healing power. Some even go so far as to say it's the most restful color for the human eye, and can even improve vision. My mother told me it was orange carrots that improved vision. Was she wrong?
Green lights mean go.
Evergreens symbolize everlasting life.
Dark green implies ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green indicates sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua promotes emotional healing.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace. (the olive branch?) But soldiers wear it.

For years I didn't like green because a well-meaning lady in church told me I should never wear green because it positively made me look sick.

I looked at the list of things associated with green on a website mainly because I had found the connection of colors to these odd things kind of fascinating. I still do. But how much is fact and how much is fancy.
I think researchers could possibly prove that one shade of green is healthier than another if you needed to paint every room in a hospital a beneficial color.
But I also think that one day a very bored person could say, "Green clothing indicates whether or not a person likes dogs." It would be like the old rumor game. "Did you know if a person wears a lot of green, that person likes dogs?" "I heard somewhere that dog-owners have lots of green clothing in their closets."
"It is an established fact that those who feel an affinity toward canines also prefer to wear shades of green."

Some of the green trivia is probably based on fact, and some is cultural adaptations (In some countries, exit signs are green, and in others, they are red.), and some is pure foolishness.

Do you ever ponder over what you've heard and wondered how valid a statement is?

Several verses in the Bible tell us to do this. And when someone makes a statement that he or she claims to be from God, we need to be very discerning.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

What is the best way to handle new information, whether it be about the color green or the characteristics of our Heavenly Father?
Check it out. Don't be gullible. Seek answers from those you trust.


Maddee said...

Hi, Donita,
What website did you find your 'color information' on?


T. Suzanne Eller said...

Now I know why my favorite color is green. : )


Donita K. Paul said...

I did a google search and looked at several. This one was especially helpful

Maddee said...

Hey, my favorite color is green too!