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The Wisdom of Crayons: Embrace Your Color

Updated on January 21, 2017

Crayon Wisdom . . .

"We could learn a lot from crayons...Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, and some have weird names, but they all have to live in the same box."

~ author unknown ~

"The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor's shortcomings as he is of his own."

~ Eric Hoffer ~

"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too."

~ Voltaire ~

If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag.

~ author unknown ~

[photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/laffy4k/404298099/]

Crayon Wisdom: #1

  1. TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF IS NORMAL ADULT CRAYON BEHAVIOR

    Although we may fear the responsibility of taking responsibility, one fact remains. Other crayons can't be responsible for your color.

  2. NOT ALL CRAYONS ARE GOING TO LIKE YOU

    Some colors clash, but they can still be in the same box, and be a part of the same picture.

  3. YOU CAN'T MOVE FORWARD UNTIL YOU ACCEPT YOUR COLOR AS IS

    You may wish you were magenta or pastel blue. You may even try to make yourself one of those colors. The reality is, if you're orange, you're orange. You can only color orange.

  4. WORRY DOES NOT KEEP YOU, OR YOUR LOVED CRAYONS, SAFE

    As much as we may dislike, or fear it, all crayons leave their color behind only when outside the safety of the box.

  5. WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS WHAT YOU SEE

    If you hold depressing thoughts or beliefs, you will color the world gray. If you believe you must fight for everything, you may color everyone else red. But, every crayon wants to be seen as their own color.

We All Use the Same Emotional Language

IT'S ONLY IN OUR MINDS THAT WE ARE SEPARATE FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD.

~ G. Luce ~

Crayon Wisdom: #2

  1. CHAOTIC CRAYON MIND = CHAOTIC LIFE

    If you always want the crayons in the box to be in a different order, you can stir the box. However, that's not what crayons are for.

  2. SUBSTITUTE CHALLENGE FOR BOX DRAMA

    Perhaps the biggest challenge in life is to be what you are. Mixing it up with the other crayons is not about being the central crayon. Its about expressing your color among all the others.

  3. THINK ABOUT RELAXING INTO YOUR COLOR, BECOMING COMFORTABLE IN YOUR WRAPPER

    If your crayon wrapper says yellow, and you're trying to be green, you will not be comfortable in your own wrapper.

  4. THE WORLD NEEDS A COLOR LIKE YOU

    The picture needs your color. In fact, it needs your specific shade of that color. No other crayon can color for you.

  5. EMOTIONAL COLORING IS YOUR FRIEND

    You may feel a different color than you are. A brown crayon may feel blue (sad). A blue crayon may feel red (passionate). This feeling information is a universal crayon language. All crayons can feel the other colors in the same way.

Love's not about seeing eye to eye.

Love's not about seeing eye to eye.
Love's not about seeing eye to eye.

Crayon Wisdom: #3

  1. MOST CRAYONS THINK ABOUT THEIR OWN COLOR MOST OF THE TIME

    Most apple green crayons are concerned with apple green. Navy crayons usually concentrate on navy. Chances are the violet crayon is not thinking about you, the sienna crayon.

  2. TRUST THE COLOR OF YOUR FEELINGS

    If you feel a color, like a gray crayon feeling gold, you can trust that the feeling is information you can use. It could be you are experiencing the feeling of a color not your own, or that you are picking up on another crayon's feeling color.

  3. DON'T TAKE COLORING SO SERIOUSLY

    "Crayon angels can fly because they color themselves lightly."

    ~ G. K. Chesterton ~

    "All colorful things except crayons know that the principal business of being a crayon is to enjoy it."

    ~ Samuel Butler ~

    "There are some things so serious crayons have to laugh at them."

    ~ Niels Bohr ~

    (my apologies to the authors)

  4. YOU'RE ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN HAPPINESS

    You are not responsible for the happiness of another crayon. Your presence may bring a sense of happiness to a fellow crayon, but its not your job to remain in their presence so they can be happy.

  5. ARE YOU A CRAYON-BOX POTATO?

    Are you willing to let your color shine, or to take on the task of filling in a blank space? Colors are for coloring.

Crayon Wisdom: #4

  1. GIVE YOUR COLOR A BREAK ALREADY

    One color does not a picture make. You don't have to fill the entire picture in with your crayon-self, or stay within the lines.

  2. JUST BREATHE

    Being any shade of any color can be stressful. Take a deep breath of your color to get centered in your wrapper.

  3. THE SEED NEVER SEES ITS OWN FLOWER (Zen saying)

    We often don't notice when we're sharing our color. We can't always point to how we've affected the other crayons, or the whole picture.

  4. WE ARE ALL ORDINARY CRAYONS OF UNIQUE COLOR

    You are a unique shade of one slice of the rainbow, just like every-crayon else.

  5. NOTHING LESSENS ANXIETY MORE THAN COLORING

    Crayon box isolation can escalate anxiety. Let your common sense, values, motivations, and desires move you.

I just don't see things the way you do.

I just don't see things the way you do.
I just don't see things the way you do.

Self Discovery Workbook

Growing Wings Self-Discovery Workbook: 17 Workshops to a Better Life, Vol. 1 (Volume 1)
Growing Wings Self-Discovery Workbook: 17 Workshops to a Better Life, Vol. 1 (Volume 1)

Being true to one's self is key to coming into fruition. This means walking your own path, your own way. However, sometimes it is hard to be true to yourself if outside influence has obscured your sense of who you are. Sometimes, who we think we are is a reflection of other people's subjective opinions and collective agreement, and not the deep down us, often unrecognized and seldom celebrated.

In this self-discovery workbook, you will have an opportunity to discover your unadorned essence so exquisite in worth, it defies all judgment, even your own. Your quintessential self, like the snowflake, is unique to all. If the way you move through life reflects that uniqueness, you will be in your own flow, following the beat to your own drum, and thus experience a brighter, freer life. And just as your repressed self can affect all around you, so too can the expressive freed self. (the author)

 

Crayon Wisdom: #5

  1. HABITS ARE NOT YOUR COLOR-IDENTITY

    You may move vertically, horizontally, or in circles. You may break under the least pressure, or be a rare color that isn't used much (in your opinion). You are still a crayon that can learn new moves.

  2. THE VICTIM MENTALITY KEEPS ANY COLOR A VICTIM

    Some crayons may be a victim of abuse, be broken, unwrapped, or ignored. Remember you're still a crayon with a shade of color to share. If you identify with the mistreatment you may miss the joy of coloring. The healthiest revenge is to know that joy.

  3. WE'RE ALL CHANNELING OUR COLOR HISTORY

    If we are blue, our parents were either blues or some shade of yellow and green. That's called crayon genetics. You still have your own coloring to do.

  4. LIVE THE NEXT 24 HOURS LIKE A CAT (of any color)

    Take a nap in the box when you're tired. Eat when you're color gets pale. Get crayon TLC when you want it. Ignore judgments of other colors. Play by scribbling. Relieve yourself in the crayon box. Tip the box over and walk away without guilt.

  5. COLOR IT OR LOSE IT?

    Do crayons have choices? I think that's still up for debate. But, you can sit down in the box and wait to get chosen, or you can see a great picture you want to be a part of, and push yourself up from the box floor. (I guess that's what crayons call taking an opportunity.)

Relationships on Scrubs

Perception Deception

THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM . . .

Try This:

1. SIT BACK, TAKE A DEEP BREATH TO RELAX.

2. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PICTURE BELOW AT ALL TIMES.

3. RELAX YOUR EYES BY . . .

4. BECOMING AWARE OF WHAT'S IN YOUR PERIPHERAL VISION.

5. BE PATIENT AND WAIT FOR THE PICTURE TO CHANGE.

One picture . . . Two portraits

One picture . . . Two portraits
One picture . . . Two portraits

Crayon Wisdom: #6

  1. ALL THE WISDOM YOU NEED IS WITHIN YOU

    You have the wisdom of red because you are red, or the wisdom of black because you are black. No one else can teach you to be your shade of red or black, or whatever color you are.

  2. EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL, COLOR A LOT

    You can't expect to be mentally and emotionally strong without taking care of the basics. Eat some green, stop watching those color-ful cartoons in bed, push yourself out of the box to get to work.

  3. YOU WILL COLOR WHAT YOU FOCUS ON

    All crayons can imagine and focus on other colors, and on spaces they'd like to fill in. Focus on what's important to crayons, and to your color, to "do" the picture of health.

  4. CHECK IT OUT

    If you think another crayon has insulted or ignored you, check it out! Ask them. This will eliminate a whole day of mental stewing. But remember, though all crayons know the language of feelings, not all speak it well. If you check something out, there's no guarantee the other crayon will know how to respond.

  5. FEELING COLORS SAY WHAT THE INTELLECT CAN'T

    The color of feelings can communicate what logic can't. To share feelings effectively, don't scribble all over someone else's color, or blanch instead of letting your color-feeling out.

Coloring Books for the Adult in You

Drawing the traditional circular designs known as mandalas is a meditative practice, a healing exercise in times of crisis, and a pleasurable act of creativity. As a symbol of the Self, the mandala provides a connection to our innermost being.

Coloring Mandalas 1: For Insight, Healing, and Self-Expression (An Adult Coloring Book)
Coloring Mandalas 1: For Insight, Healing, and Self-Expression (An Adult Coloring Book)

The forty-eight drawings presented here for coloring include designs inspired by forms of nature, Native American and Tibetan sand paintings, Hindu yantras, Turkish mosaics, the illuminations of Hildegarde of Bingen, and the art of M.C. Escher.

 
Coloring Mandalas 2: For Balance, Harmony, and Spiritual Well-Being (An Adult Coloring Book) (Vol 2)
Coloring Mandalas 2: For Balance, Harmony, and Spiritual Well-Being (An Adult Coloring Book) (Vol 2)

The mandalas in this book aim to: Help us understand ourselves and our place in the scheme of things. Evoke a sense of harmony, order, and fulfillment Provide relaxation and a soothing balance for hectic lifestyles. Deepen our meditation.

 
Coloring Mandalas 3: Circles of the Sacred Feminine (An Adult Coloring Book)
Coloring Mandalas 3: Circles of the Sacred Feminine (An Adult Coloring Book)

The mandalas in this book are specially designed to provide a creative encounter with the Divine as a feminine presence. The archetypal imagery of the circle . . . celebrates the full range of the sacred feminine, from gentle and motherly to fierce and challenging.

 

Ultimately

LOVE IS SELF APPROVAL

~ Sondra Ray ~

you can't stand out without a crowd

you can't stand out without a crowd
you can't stand out without a crowd

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      RickBasset 8 years ago

      What an awesome lens! It's true, the world need all the colours in the box!

      Welcome to the "People for Peace" group!

      Peace1 :~)

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      religions7 8 years ago

      This is a really great lens. I featured it on my Spiritual Growth and Wisdom lens

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      Brilliant! I love your creativity and the thought you put into this lens. Definitely marking as a favorite and leaving 5 stars. :)

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      b-fab_society 8 years ago

      This is a really unique lens! Your take on self acceptance is great! We have a lens on self acceptance and body image, and would love for you to stop by and say hello.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is a beautiful lens. 5*

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful! I had not seen the crayon box article before! Great lessons!

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Great lens. I use the illusion pictures a lot when working on cognitive reframing. Welcome to the Emotional wellbeing Group! 5 colourful stars for you!

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      EelKat13 8 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE crayons... I just box the new Crayola 120 Big Box this week, not that I really needed it, cause I already have 3 of the 96 crayon big boxes already! LOL! I use crayons for my art. Everybody always looks at my pictures and asks "How'd you get the colors so bright? what did you use?" and I tell them, I drew it with crayons, and they just totally didn't expect that! They were thinking crayons were for kids, but I ain't been a kid for 20 years now and I'm still using crayons every day!

      I think drawing with crayons is actually very therapeutic as well, lets you draw with more freedom that say oil paints... lets you just draw without holding back, like you did when you was a kid. There is much to be learned from crayons, and your lens here just goes to prove it! Good work!

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      Connemara 8 years ago

      Jackie,

      Great lens!! Love it and the combination of crayons with self acceptance. Only comment, no link to Crayon Wisdom #4 -- Yes, I would catch that! Been looking around, amazing job on all of your site!

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      Ayngel Overson 8 years ago from Crestone, Co

      What a lovely way to begin a day! 5 *'s!

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      Soul-expert 8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! You share some great wisdom and insights here. I'd love for you to visit my lens and say hello when you have the chance.

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      Soul-expert 8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! You share some great wisdom and insights here. I'd love for you to visit my lens and say hello when you have the chance.

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      AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Enjoyed it all, especially the crayon-box potato comment. Thank-you for the wisdom. 5 stars*****

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      Beautifully done. I had a friend who was an art therapist. She taught me that happiness is a new box of crayons. Lensrolling this to Granny Gets her Groove Back.

      Now where are my crayons?

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens and lots of wisdom here too. 5*****

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Unique and fun. I can see this has resonated with many here and am delighted to leave an ~*~* Angel Blessing *~*~

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      Jacqueline Marshall 7 years ago from Chicago area

      @indigoj: Thank you for stopping by . . . and for the angel dust!

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      antonrosa 6 years ago

      This was a wonderful lens!

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Genius! Thought provoking and beautiful. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel :)

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      Jacqueline Marshall 6 years ago from Chicago area

      @emmaklarkins: Thank you!!

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      jdwheeler 6 years ago

      "It's only in our minds that we are separate from the rest of the world. - G. Luce" This has got to be my favorite quote on this page. I've often thought about this concept but didn't know the correct words.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Wisdom in a box of crayons. You've shown us how. This lens is featured today on Squidoo Lens Reviews - http://blog.growwear.com/life-and-crayons/ - and also Blessed. Stop by to pick up a badge if you'd like.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. This is truly inspirational. An analogy most can relate to and learn from. :D

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      editionh 6 years ago

      This put a smile on my face.Crayons are definitely for me, I honor them for their humble character and their limitless generosity when you use them..).

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful lens. Love your crayon wisdom.

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      I read about this at the review and agree that it's a wonderful and colorful !! lens...

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      A masterful way to convey some of life's most important lessons.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Color me better for having read this lens today. What a wonderful and delightful way to give us the message of acceptance...acceptance of the people who share our box and acceptance of the color we are. Superbly written!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great lens with truth that many people can't or won't see. We are ultimately responsible for ourselves.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautifully stated. Plus, I love the picture (2 in 1) that you included. I have seen it many times before as a pencil drawing, but not like you have here.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice comparison of the human condition to a box of crayons. My favorite quote is the one on your sticky note: IT'S ONLY IN OUR MINDS THAT WE ARE SEPARATE FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. Such truth. I also loved the double portrait. I have seen many other "perception" pictures, but this one is delightful!

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      I especially like 'Love is self-approval'. Wonderful lens.

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      Tempus 6 years ago

      Sometimes in life it's great to feel the freedom of coloring over the lines

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I can't tell you how many times I have referred to this lens and the quote, "we can learn a lot from crayons..." since I first read it. This has really stayed with me. So, I wanted to stop by today and drop off a Cupid Kiss and color in the message...Happy Valentine's Day.

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      noobeegin 5 years ago

      You can never have too many crayons. I believe this! Love this lens!

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      SusanBlackburn 5 years ago

      Your crayon wisdom is brilliant and fun! What a great lens... thank you!

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      dirkthedog 5 years ago

      Great analogy.

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      Char Milbrett 5 years ago from Minnesota

      i really thought the picture of the girl/old woman was cool

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      Char Milbrett 5 years ago from Minnesota

      i really thought the picture of the girl/old woman was cool

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      whyamiwealthy 5 years ago

      Great point of view! it's fascinating how you created a "crayon" philosophy.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      What a wonderful way to get these points across - with humor. I love this lens!

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