The Fifty Shades of Grey series had sold over 100 million copies as of February 2014. Now, a year later, the movie, based on the first book in the trilogy, has grossed over $400 million at the box office (domestically and internationally combined). Would you believe me if I told you I haven’t read one of the books or seen the movie…and I don’t have a desire to? Well, that’s neither here nor there. I am more concerned about the Fifty Shades of Motherhood. Tell me if any of this sounds familiar.
● Yellow – the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. ~ I felt this on the days when I found out I was going to be a mother and had a life growing inside me. Of course, I was overwhelmed by this color when they were born! I also feel this when my boys accomplish success in various areas of their lives.
● Red – the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. ~ I feel this when I am reminded of the miracle of birth. I feel this when one (or both) of my boys is disobedient or ignores my instruction. I feel this when someone treats my boys unfairly or attempts to hurt them. I feel this when I have had a long day, yet still have to accomplish one of the many tasks associated with being a mother (ie. preparing dinner, washing dishes, shuttling kids to sports practice, washing clothes, facilitating bath time, putting kids to bed, etc.). I experience this when I just want to lay in the bed for 10 more minutes on a Saturday, but little mouths are calling for breakfast, so I am determined to muster the strength to get up and get moving for the day.
● Orange – combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. ~ I feel this on certain days at work when I seem to have accomplished a lot and have been the most productive. When my boys make comments that leave me wondering how they even grasped a certain concept. I feel this when my husband confirms that I AM a great mom despite my constant feelings of distress and inadequacy.
● Green – the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. ~ I feel this when I have had a decent night’s sleep. I feel when my children are being obedient and following all of my instructions (haha).
● Blue – the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. ~ I feel this when I have made time to commune with God by reading His Word and through prayer. I feel this when my children experience a life lesson I have previously taught them. I feel this when my husband affirms a tough discipline or parenting choice I have made. Blue is also often associates with sadness. I feel this when my children are sick and I can’t do anything to bring them comfort or make them feel better. I also feel this when they experience disappointment in their lives – whether a bad grade, poor sports performance or being turned down by the girl of their dreams (this started way too early).
● Purple – combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. I feel this on Mother’s Day or my birthday when I am the center of attention…for a change. I feel this when one of my little men tell me that I am pretty or they like my outfit. When they race each other to open a door for mommy shouting, “Ladies first!”
Being a mother is definitely an emotional roller coaster, but well worth the ride!
What shade do you feel today?
Until next time-
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:25-30 NIV)
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