I went looking for inspiration to write this post, and I discovered this picture. It’s Interstate 40, a few exits away from the exit you take to get to my home. It doesn’t look anything like this right now, of course.
I have always been drawn to sunflowers, and when I looked up their meaning, I think I know why. The sunflower’s petals and stalk stretch toward the sun, a process called phototropism. The petals of the flower have been compared to the rays of the sun. It suggests warmth and happiness. Even as the days grow shorter and colder, the image of the sunflower will always make me smile.
If you look at the color yellow, it has meaning that backs this feeling up. The Bourne Creative blog says,
If yellow is overused, it can have a disturbing effect. For example, it is a proven fact that babies cry more in rooms painted yellow. Too much yellow causes loss of focus and makes it hard to complete a task. Too much yellow also can cause people to become critical and demanding. Too little yellow causes feelings of isolation and fear, insecurity, and low self-esteem. A lack of yellow can cause one to become rigid, cunning, possessive, or defensive.
I’ve been gravitating toward yellow for a while. If the Minions can live a yellow life, why can’t I? I just found this quote, and it says it well.
I really just want to be warm yellow light that pours over everyone I love.–Conor Oberst
Live a yellow life, stretch toward the sun, and pour your light over everyone you love.