Tuesday, 12 February 2008

My soul's not tartan

The title of this post sounds like a lament.

The problem with letting something tumble around in my head for a while is that I then have to untangle it to make any sense of it. So here goes…

If the
soul is dyed by the colour of its thoughts, what does it look like?

Well, it can’t be a single colour. We are complex beings, with lots of influences and thoughts. If we are one-dimensional in our thinking, then we’re probably not thinking at all.

Could it be balanced and whole – like a rainbow? Not in my case!

My thinking is not very well ordered or structured –so it’s definitely not tartan.

It seems to me that it must be random and individualised. At times it may be chaotic – difficult for light to penetrate.

I also think that it changes continually. The question is does it change through growth or blend with the background of our lives? Are we soul chameleons?

Well… I did warn you that it was a bit tangled up!!


dmk said...

That's exceedingly deep. Meanwhile, I'm afraid you've been tagged - that's what you get for leaving comments!!!!!!

Here's the challenge
I don't go in for this sort of thing big time but this one captured my imagination. The task:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five other people.

more info at http://davidkeen.blogspot.com/2008/02/tagged.html

hope you don't mind, don't feel you have to join in if it's not your thing.

Lins Honeyman said...

I don't like the term "blue sky thinking" and I'm not really sure what it means but I find the more positive and good things I fill my mind with the lighter the colour of my soul is. On the other hand, if I fill my head with negative thoughts, it quickly turns dark grey. Phew. This IS deep.

lucy said...

this reminds me of tie-dying...where you tie knots in the fabric and dip it into the colors and see what patterns emerge. sometimes it's pretty wild and other times almost tame, but definitely not tartan!!

KJ said...

in interesting thought...and quote. it's good timing for me; I'll enjoy spending some time with it.

Talking Bear said...

ER, the hardest thing for me to accept is accepting some of the coloured threads of my soul that I do not like. As I look at the fabric of my soul I am saddly forced to see that it has black woven through it. The acceptance of a darker side at first was very disturbing, then I realized that it is off set by more brillant colours. I do not think this changes, I think we only look at it differently as life goes on.

His Girl Friday said...

ER, good post.

Lucy, I also thought of tie-dye!! :)

But I think Lins and TB have a good point about the darker aspects of colour that enter in, and affect the weave/become part of the weave. The contrast of the dark, adds to the boldness of the pattern and vibrancy of the lighter colour.

lucy said...

great insight, HGF. tie-dye can appear to lack a certain 'depth', so-to-speak. there definitely is something rich about dark threads. i know that many of the water color images i am drawn to are often accented with subtle black lines. you don't even realize they are there unless you look very closely.