Go green
ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - June 18, 2020 - 12:00am

After months of being quaratined and have limited access to the outside world, we look for an end to it, a hope for something better, a longing for what we usually did in the past, if there’s a possibility. And despite the nuances, conflicts of views, we look for a brighter day someday, somehow. We don’t know for now. But what I personally know at least for now are some manifestations that are within my surrounding.

When we are uncertain and in the brink of despair, we still hang on to that thin string that connects us to the light of hope from afar. But bringing our sight to a distance, in our midst are signs of hopelessness. The sprouting of the seeds, to full-blown plants that eventually we take in in order to nourish our bodies, brings nourishment and life. Life that sustains our daily living. The new growth and rebirth which is common after summer or a prolonged drought and so when all of the plants are coming back to life with fresh growth.

Social posts are peppered with greenery, be it a simple backyard, frontyard to big farm or plantation. Contrasting it to a lifeless or dying dull, brown scenery.          

And I hope that the color green affects us physically and mentally in several different ways. It’s soothing, relaxing, and youthful effect, hopefully, helps alleviate anxiety, depression, and nervousness. The sense of hope, health, adventure, and renewal, as well as self-control, compassion, and harmony would hopefully indicate discovery and safety in the discovery of drugs and other medical products. And on top of this is its direct relationship with natural healing and energy.

As to anything we do, moderation also plays a big part. Colors have, too. Too much green can cause people to become placid, lazy, slow, moody, depressed, and lethargic. Too little green can cause feelings of apathy and fear of rejection. Dark green represents greed, ambition, and wealth, while yellow-green stands for sickness, jealousy, and cowardice, and olive green represents the traditional color of peace.

For artists, we find solace in the “green room” after an artistic task or performance, like a theater room or a television studio. A place where we need to regain our energy for another round of artistic indeavor.

And after this pandemic, hopefully, a “greener pasture” awaits those who have lost their jobs and so something newer or better is on their sight. And so we have to claim that God furnishes us with everything we need for our spiritual sustenance and the confidence that we will place in Him will bear fruits. For in Jeremiah 17:7-8, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

If only we do our share and put our trust in Him, in His own time, we shall rise above all adversities. 

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