GLAD versus HAPPY



Since Elizabeth’s last post in July, “Heh Out There” I along with many of you have been away on summer vacation. After a friend asked “what’s happening with the blog”, I decided that a rainy Monday is as good a reason as any to write something. And since “rainy days and Mondays always get me down” (or so the song goes) I’ve decided to write about that elusive state called “happiness”.

I recently bought two bunches of beautiful pink gladioli – those long stemmed summer flowers you see for sale at the grocery store around this time of year. I normally just walk past them because they are too tall for most of my flower vases. But last week, nostalgia kicked in as I stood looking at the tall, spiky stalks, about to burst into color.  I recalled my childhood summers of carefree days playing in a friend’s backyard, an acre of green grass, lined with gladioli. Memories of endless games of hide and seek, red rover and sleep overs under the stars surfaced as I reached for the flowers. A happy time, as I  remembered it.

The “glads” have been bursting with colour on my kitchen table for the past few days, and every time I look at them I smile. I love that the short form for gladiolus is “glad” – a synonym for happy! With so much written about the pursuit of happiness, I think glad is a refreshing substitute for this overrated word.  Glad – it’s short, it’s snappy and it’s to the point! I’m glad I bought gladioli last week – they make me happy every time I look at them. (I guess happy can be used as a substitute for glad every now and then.) In a world where we use superlatives to describe everything – fantastic, great, amazing, awesome, outstanding, phenomenal, etc., it is no wonder why happiness eludes most of us .  A simple word like “glad” seems so much more friendly and attainable than “happy”. What do you think?

In case you were wondering, the gladiolus flower is grown from a bulb, planted in early spring.  If you plant them sequentially, you will have continuous colour for most of the summer. The flower is named from the Latin word “gladius” meaning sword and its’ history spans from Africa to the Mediterranean. The flower symbolizes strength and moral integrity as well as infatuation. Tall, colourful and spiky, this August birth flower and flower of the 40th wedding anniversary is said to evoke the drama of Roman gladiators. (www.teleflora.com) Its’ unique shape, variety of colours and bountiful blooms make this flower a favorite subject for botanical painters.

So, if the end of summer is getting you down, I suggest you get some gladioli to brighten your day. If you enjoy them as much as I do, maybe you will want to plant bulbs next spring too. They may not make you happy, but they may make you feel glad you did. As J. Petit Senn said, “Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it”.  I am glad I stumbled upon this beautiful flower and the gift of happiness that came with it!

Happy or glad, I’ll take either!

Creatively Yours,

Angela

Creatively Yours: The Colour Green

Remember Sesame Street? Each day the program was brought to you by the letter “A “(or B or C and so on).  So I thought what about a colour of the day? Following up on Laurie’s green theme, I would suggest that today is brought to you by the colour green!

Green is the colour of spring! What a delight after the grey tones of winter to gaze upon the yellow-green grass and foliage springing up everywhere. It is almost a fluorescent colour in the early spring before it turns to a deeper hue as we move into the summer months. Take a moment today to let your eyes gaze upon the colour green. Green is the colour found most in nature and so it is no surprise that the “green” movement got its’ name from its association with nature.  Organic foods, natural materials, recycling, and even green energy are all by-products of what nature already does naturally! Man made, synthetic and genetically modified products have brought us great economic and efficiency gains along with great perils to our planet.  Our celebration of Earth Day on April 22 is an important reminder to take care of our planet as our well-being and health is directly linked to the well-being and health of mother earth.

In her book “Colour of the Soul” author June McLeod explores how colour directly influences the way we feel. Our moods can change according to our surroundings and we may not even be aware of it. Colour therapy, as described by McLeod can be used to transform your life, by healing our body and soul.  It is no surprise that green is a powerful colour! Green is associated with the heart and when used as a healing colour brings the quality of balance. Green is associated with unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness and understanding. So how does one use colour therapy for healing? A simple way to experience the healing qualities of colour, is to wear it or use it in your home décor.  As each colour has something to offer, you would first want to refer to her charts to determine which colour/s you need to add into your life.

Kermit The Frog

Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer

Wasn’t it Kermit the frog who said “It’s not easy being green”?  I think it would be fair to say that we all need a little more green in our lives.

Get your green on!

Creatively yours,

Angela