I am a person of color. Perhaps not in the same sense as others who use this statement but I enjoy bright vivid colors. It’s reflected in my home, in my wardrobe, in the art that I admire and the objects that I photograph.
I don’t know if this happens to men. I walked into a planning meeting the other morning wearing black trousers and a pink sweater. Seated immediately across from me was another woman wearing a pink dress with a black jacket. Past three male colleagues sat another female colleague wearing a pink and black outfit. Then there was the trite recurring question, “who sent the memo?”
I have no idea how this happens but it does with some regularity. And despite my best attempts to research, I have only been able to find other individuals that are fascinated with concept.
Yet, colors do matter and do mean something. Consider the colors of ties worn by presidents who want to appear trustworthy or strong or neutral. Understand the complex color patterns delivered in the plot of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad. Count the revenue coming into the MLB shops where the home team has red in their uniforms or logo versus those who don’t.
Thoughts about color and its effect on us is hardly new. The Canon of Medicine, written by Persian philosopher Avicenna, in 1025, first explored the notion of color as it related to the physical condition of the human body. Avicenna believed that red moved the blood while blue or white had cooling effects and that yellow could reduce inflammation or muscular pain. Those who practice ayurvedic medicine refer to the body’s seven chakras with each having a distinct color.
Many rule out practices such as color therapy believing it untrue yet food marketers and frankly, marketers universally acknowledge that your perception of a color can in fact, affect your perception of taste and your willingness to delve into your pocketbook. They tell us that we most often associate green with calm feelings.
- natural cool
- growth money
- health envy
- tranquility harmony
- calmness fertility
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups of shredded greens (we used raab and kale)
- 1/2 cup caramelized onions (great to have in the freezer)
- 1 bunch asparagus, chopped in 1 inch pieces
- 1/2 large red pepper, diced
- 1 large package 8 vegan sausage patties, quartered (optional)
- 1 jalapeño, diced (optional)
- shredded cheese (optional)
Allow greens to soften slightly before adding asparagus and red pepper. Once added, give it a few minutes and a few good stirs until the asparagus and pepper is tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
Prepare the sausage separately and then quarter and toss with the vegetables. Top with jalapeño or cheese if you like.
I had intended to give you a lovely dinner greens side dish but my family woke early and having traveled for Thanksgiving, there was no time to get to the store. We did a breakfast scramble sans eggs yet there is not a bite to spare!
Do you believe in the effects of color?