The Gray

Primary colors are easy to identify. You know—red, blue and yellow. Even with my vision and cognition issues, I still do a pretty good job of identifying primary colors, as long as they are next to another for comparison.  When they are by themselves, or they are not primary, I have more trouble. Of course, the colors that are easiest for me (and everyone else) are black and white.
Colors are used for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is as analogies for where and how we function. Getting a yes or no answer is just like seeing black or white. Moral and ethical dilemmas are often described as black and white. People who are sure decision makers (or ridged) are sometimes described as seeing the world in black and white. On the other hand, ambiguity is gray. When we are viewing something, the farther away from black or white the image gets, the harder our brains have to work to discern the image.
In our daily lives, when we are operating with maybes and ambiguity (in the gray), our brains and emotions have to work much harder as well. I believe we can all thoughtfully prepare to operate in the gray successfully, so that we can handle just about anything that comes our way. We can stretch ourselves, challenge our beliefs, win our battles, and achieve our victories. I love the color gray, but will be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of operating there because it’s hard. It’s a victory when we can embrace ambiguity, and operate in the gray…Derrick Wright

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