Rose Colored Glasses

    Rose-colored & Black-colored glassesA book I enjoyed reading my daughter told the tale of a little boy who one day found a bit of money. Excited he took his riches to the toy store anticipating the difficulties he would have narrowing down his purchase choice.

    The store’s proprietor gently steered him to two pair of glasses: one pink, the other black. When the young boy put on the pink colored glasses all was bright, cheery, exciting, fun. Donning the black, all became dark, sad, fearful, terrifying. The proprietor explained the young boy had an option as to how he viewed the world. The story ended with the young boy switching between the two pair of glasses while walking home.

    The book itself was a delightful way to teach young ones the concepts of positive and negative, light and dark in terms of outlook. Taking that idea to the next level, the wearer would not need to alternate between two pair of glasses, but would have one pair (progressive or bi focal).

    Albeit there’s a lot vitriol about how there is but one right and everything else is wrong. (Though there’s much loud debate as to whose right is the “true” right.) True there are certain “natural” laws, such as on our planet the law of gravity. However, there is rarely (if ever) the person who is pure evil or the person who is pure good. Likewise there is rarely a situation with not a speck of good, hope, or joy. Just as rare is a happy situation without a tinge of sorrow, despair, or bitterness.

    Rather than take the rose colored/black colored glasses concept to the extreme, why not look through the glasses to find and acknowledge the counterpart. In dark, frightening situations look through the rose portion to find the bright, the hope, the cheerful. Perhaps that one spot, one spark, one glimpse will afford you the lift, energy, or hope you need to deal with the darkness so you get out of the darkness faster.

    As for the rose colored, happy situations, take a moment to acknowledge and revel in the extra sweetness of knowing there is some dark within it. It makes the light all the sweeter.

    The simple children’s story taught a profound lesson. There are many ways of looking at people, situations, circumstances. The story was less about changing “reality” or “dealing with” the situation at hand as it was about offering a tool to use to give yourself the courage, strength, and fortitude to deal with whatever comes your way (or is in your way).

    Is there a children’s story in which you find deeper meaning?

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    IR - October 30, 2013 - 12:09 am

    This is beautiful

    Patti Hall - October 30, 2013 - 1:23 am

    Great story and glad you found the deeper meaning. Your daughter has an insightful mom.

    Tana Bevan - October 30, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Thank you. I’ve always been fond of children’s stories. Many contain words of wisdom presented in a simple, straight-forward, easily digestible way. (Many don’t, but then I don’t tend to reread those.) Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

    Tana Bevan - October 30, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Thank you for stopping by Patti. Why complex is so often mistaken for profound is beyond me. There is much to be said for simple as a means of conveying ideas. While I agree that isn’t always possible, it can happen a lot more than it does. As for my daughter’s mother, well, she has one incredible daughter for which she is EXTREMELY grateful. May this be a Wonderful Wednesday for you.

    Tammy - October 30, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    A lovely message. A bit like the glass being half empty or half full. It is, and always will be, about perspective. Thanks for the sharing!

    Tana Bevan - October 31, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Perhaps that’s why there’s always room for another retelling of a story. Each person who tells a tale, does so with a slightly different twist (or perspective). That slight shift in the telling (perspective) may be “just the thing” the listener/reader needs to hear/read for it to resonate. Maybe that’s why, as a whole, most people really enjoy a good story. Always glad to have you stop by. Have yourself a Terrific Thursday!

    Lisa - October 31, 2013 - 10:10 am

    I LOVE “The Little Soul and the Sun” by Neale Donald Walsh. I live it everyday.

    Tana Bevan - October 31, 2013 - 11:22 am

    Hey Lisa, The title sounds intriguing. What is the story and what is it about the story that resonates with you?

    Jamie@SouthMainMuse - November 1, 2013 - 10:57 am

    So many children’s stories bring me to tears. The Giving Tree. The Velveteen Rabbit. There usually is a profound message in the simple.

    Tana Bevan - November 1, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    I agree with your statement there is usually a profound message in the simple. Somewhere along the line the idea came into being that simple equals stupid while complex equals intelligent. Conveying an idea simply — be it a line drawing, few words (think Haiku, tagline, or slogan), or even a simple melody — takes a profound and thorough understanding of the subject. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with NaBloPoMo!

    Sheila Bergquist - November 2, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    Wow, what an interesting way of looking at it. Very realistic and creative!

    Tana Bevan - November 3, 2013 - 11:30 am

    I agree it was an interesting way to present a relatively complex idea to young children. The thing I find kicky is that even as an adult reading the story, it resonated. Thank you for stopping by.

    Sheila Bergquist - November 5, 2013 - 11:24 pm

    Definitely! It made me think twice about how to look at things.

    catherine gacad - November 8, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    this is such an important concept to teach children…that there are positives/negatives to each situation and there are different ways to read everything. excellent post.

    Tana Bevan - November 9, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting Catherine. While there are different ways to read the situation, the situation itself is what it is. I think as a whole we often forget that. We drag our past history and personal experiences with us as we go about our day to day, which in turn affects how we actually view a situation. The concept of the rose-colored and black-colored glasses is a tangible reminder of perspective.