We are currently going through a renovation at the moment to convert half of our garage into an office.

Over the past week, Karen and I have looked at various carpet samples and a multitude of paint colours.

As I considered all of the paint colour options, I was amazed at how many different shades of beige there were.

Options such as, Corn Kernel, Moonshine, Cameo Lace, Milk Paint and Cottage Cream and dozens of others are all versions of off-white.  I’m sure that they’re all very nice, but are they really that different from each other?

Would I be disappointed if I chose Angel Kiss instead of Candied Honey?

Really?

I’ve met a lot pf people who are like these colour options.

They are nondescript, largely anonymous and, dare I say it, beige.

They blend in with the crowd and no-one notices if they’re absent.

And that’s a problem.

It’s a problem because we each have unique skills, experiences and perspectives that are needed.  I strongly believe that God has a plan and purpose for every person, and has equipped us all to make a positive difference in the world, not to blend in and be ignored.

It’s also a problem because in today’s economy, beige is replaceable.  If you have no standout features, why should you be hired, promoted or kept on during your company’s down-sizing?

If you act like a robot, you’ll soon be replaced by one, so perhaps now is the time to express yourself.

Be colourful, be different, be yourself.

Have an opinion, solve a problem, make people smile.

Raise money for a great cause, utilise your unique skills, find a way to stand out from the crowd.

But don’t do it just to attract attention to yourself, do it to make a positive difference in the world.

We have enough beige, we need colour.

For the record, we went with our painter’s opinion (my mate Andrei) and chose a colour called Bliss for the office.

But I bet it’s just another shade of beige!

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