Through rose-coloured glasses or a blue tinted lens? When we use colour to identify objects we are often transferring additional meaning, emotion and sometimes even personality to them.
Colour affects our outlook, but also our sense of self.
One of my clients, a senior gentleman, has been on my mind lately. He is preparing to make one of those life-changing decisions many have to face at his stage - to remain in his own home or look to a retirement residence. I have known him for many years and have seen him through some other changes as well, but this has been the most challenging yet.
I respect his integrity and honesty but most of all his patient wisdom.
He has been seeing the world through blue glass of late, a bit down at the prospect of dwindling independence, decreased mobility and lack of close family connections. But as we discussed the logistics of the move and the truly important pieces that would come along, he brightened considerably. The added social connections, new stories to hear, and new friends to share his stories and love of baseball with are definite incentives.
He has thankfully moved past the yellow phase of fearing the unknown and I believe as of today has found his rose-coloured glasses again. Perhaps even a bit of sparkle!
Given the nature of downsizing, the next phase will surely be an emotional one. I am hopeful he will see the bright side and that the large window in his new home will reflect well on his vividly coloured collections.
As I left him today, the ol’ blue eyes were twinkling with delight at the prospect.