Week 3 – What if Red Circles Meant Go Instead of Stop?

Kid on fence

Living Life the Way We Were Taught…

Red means stop.  Green means go.  We’ve had this drilled into our head since we were wee little tykes.  Do you remember the game Red light / Green light? It was probably played as early as pre-Kindergarten among a bunch of 4 and 5 years old.  One person serves as the light while children are lined up facing the light like a race.  “Green light!”, the kid shouts while facing away from the group to start them running towards them.  “RED LIGHT!”, they scream, and everyone halts in mid-sprint.  Anyone caught moving is out.  She who catches the stop light person before they say “Red Light” wins the game, and so it goes on and on.  Stop and Go.  Stop and Go.  Red and Green.  Red and green.  Forever to dictate the speed of our lives.

Further Reinforced as Teenagers…

Car stopped at light

Next, we go out into the big bold world of roads, driving, and freedom only to find ourselves regulated by Red Light / Green Light.  We stop at the red lights, go at the green lights, and get tagged out of the game by the police if we’re still caught moving at red lights.  (Anyone out there suffering from tickets being issued from traffic cameras at red lights?)

Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting you start driving through stop signs and stopping at go signs.  That would be an unwise and dangerous endeavor for anyone on the road.  I am simply observing that our habits today are dictated by the lessons of our past.  Then, these images translate into all we do, and our subconscious simply registers that all red signifies a stop in our life, and only green can get us to go.

Looking at the world different these days…

Do Not Enter and Stop Light - croppedWhat if every time we saw a red circle, it meant we were going to accomplish something in our life?  This was the task set before us this week.  Match a simple chore to a red circle to link the two images in our mind with accomplishment.  Here, simple is defined as able to be completed on your own without spending any money, and you have a week to get the task done.  I’ve heard about moving air conditioners, getting the car washed, or even sweeping the porch.  Me, I chose to pack a box or two in an effort to organize the house.  Since last week’s task was done at the last minute, I was quick to move on this week’s area of decluttering.  Being half done, I was out driving today, and stop lights, Do Not Enter signs, and all other red circles brought the hugest of smiles to my face.  I DID IT!!!!  And, I’ll do it again!!!!  

Mental Mind Shift Towards Success…

Red Balls in Blue SquareRed circles no longer mean stop in my life.  They mean SUCCESS and ACHIEVEMENT!!!  Last week, we were working on blue rectangles.  It turns out vodka boxes come in blue, and they were the ones I used to complete my task of the week.  It’s great to see blue boxes representing the action I took to get the results I wanted – a cleaner house.  All this progress is amazing, and the mental connection between colors and shapes linking to a job well done and done on time is really turning the tables on how I look at life.  I found this photo of red circles being suspended in a blue square of sky, and it sums it all up – there are no limits, and the only place to go is up, up, UP!!!!

 

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Marie

Love your word pictures about the red circles.

Luc Griffet

Hello Marie, nicely written and I love your choice of pictures. You inspired me to make my chore before the last minute, thanks 🙂

    Marea

    Good luck on getting the chore done. The feeling of completion sure beats my addiction to procrastination!

Majella McGonagle

Hi Marea. I love the way you think outside the box. The pictures you put up are wonderful and the way you connect the pictures with the task we are put through. Love it.

    Marea

    Thank you for the encouragement, Majella!

Julie Booz

Love the analogy! Love the Journey!

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    Marea

    Thanks, Julie! Glad we’re traveling together on the road of life.

Marie

Great analogy! I remember that game well.

    Marea

    Marie, It is such a great game. See, we remember things today which through habits on the playground still remain in our subconscious so that we may teach them to our children and others. Amazing!

Marie

Love the word pictures in this post. I’m seeing red circles everywhere this week and now its a good thing.

    Marea

    Seeing red circles as success is much more refreshing than the days of seeing red in anger!!! Bring on the stop lights.

Marcia Weaver

Hi Marea, I am Marcia and I am in your group of 6 through the MKMMA. So we will be blogging and tweeting together. Let me know how your doing and if I can help.

    Marea

    Marcia, Thanks for the assistance! I look forward to working together.

Week 7 - Back The Bus Up | MKMMA

[…] I am seeing all of my shape documents around the house and when I was running an errand, I saw blue rectangles & Yellows squares & Red Circles everywhere today! Green Triangles are tough as most of my […]

    Marea

    Julie, Shapes are everywhere! Green triangles can be found by taking a diagonal through a square and making two triangles. You can also see them in the tops of trees and natural blades of grass (before the lawnmower gets them). Basically, segmenting some other shape to make a green triangle can be a bit of a quiz. Enjoy the process and the shape hunt!!! — Marea

    Marea

    Thanks for the link, Able!!!

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