The Color of Freedom!

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Here’s a thought I’d like to share…

Once upon a time, there was a colorless tiger. All his shades were greys, blacks and whites. So much so, that he seemed like something out of an old black and white movie. His lack of color had made him so famous that the world’s greatest painters had come to his zoo to try to put some color on him. None of them succeeded, as the colors would always just drip down off his skin.

Then along came Van Cough the crazy painter. He was a strange guy who traveled all about, happily painting with his brush. Well, it would be more accurate to say that he moved his brush about as if to paint; because he never put any paint on his brush, and neither did he use canvas or paper. He painted the air, and that’s why they called him Van Cough. So, when he said he wanted to paint the colorless tiger, everyone had a good laugh.

When entering the tiger’s cage he began whispering in the animal’s ear and moving his dry brush up and down the tiger’s body. And to everyone’s surprise, the tiger’s skin started to take on color, and these were the most vivid colors any tiger had ever had. Van Cough spent a long time whispering to the animal and making slight adjustments to his painting. The result was truly beautiful.

Everyone wanted to know what the painter’s secret was. He explained to them that his brush was only good for painting real life, and that to do that he needed no colors. He had managed to paint the tiger using a phrase he kept whispering in its ear: “You will be free again, you shall see.”

And seeing how sad the tiger had been in his captivity, and how joyful the tiger now seemed at the prospect of freedom, the zoo authorities transported him to the forest and set him free, where never again would he lose his color.

Our freedom to choose our actions, our values, and our intentions is what gives us our color. We live with such luxuries. We are blessed, indeed! Sometimes we forget.

Remember your freedom and live in technicolor!!!

Wishing you a colorful 4th!



Augusta Kantra

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