365 Challenge: Day 77 – Grey (Color)

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Grey: (a) of a color intermediate between black and white, as of ashes or an overcast sky, or (b) dull and nondescript; without interest or character

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5). In the first set of five, we explored my primary ethnicity groups and nationalities. In the second set of five, we had the AtoZ Challenges for various favorite things in our lives. And so… I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Only this time, I’m going with colors that are important to who we are. For the next five Sundays, I will select a color that has some significance to my life and explore it in my post.

{Aside: Thank you to Valerie at Valerie’s Musings for convincing me to go this route… she had lots of good ideas we tossed around, but I’ve settled on this one and have other thoughts for future posts, too.}

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Color: Grey. Or is it Gray? That’s the first thing we need to discuss, even before I explain why this is the initial color I’ve chosen. And if you’re perceptive, you may have noticed I used “grey” in the subject’s caption, which means that’s my preference. At its simplest, “grey” is the UK spelling while “gray” is the American version. I’m American. I should use “gray,” but I feel like “grey” is the more appealing way to spell the word. It has a little bit of flair, ambiance and intrigue. And I like leaning towards my British roots, whenever I easily can, without confusion. I choose the British spelling for other words, too. That settled, why “grey?”

It is a beautiful color. It’s a middle ground between black and white, two polar opposite colors that are striking, each in its own way. But when you bring them together, you can create the most amazing of shades that highlight anything else you choose to go with it. I searched the Interwebs for the first article I could find (no science here!) explaining the color grey in terms of people’s personalities and choices. Below is the link, but the gist reveals, like the definition I posted above, that grey is an “emotionless, moody color… typically associated with meanings of dull, dirty, and dingy, as well as formal, conservative, and sophisticated.”

http://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-grey/

I disagree. Grey to me… is power — though, not in a typical way. I believe purple is reserved for royal or powerful. But in my world… Grey is a shade. It can be darker or lighter. It can hide, yet it can be visible. It can mean quiet, or it can be strong. Grey is neutral, goes with anything, almost like the Switzerland of colors. That’s who I am. I am torn between two extremes in all that I do. I find something I like in everything. I can be around anyone and figure out how to connect, if necessary, even for a short time. Grey feels like the color of my personality.

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In some ways, I am also boring, bland and dull. I offer little in terms of being able to clearly articulate who I am, meaning I’m not known for my passion over a sports team or my exceptional knowledge of any one topic. And, as I’ve said before in my posts, being average to me is a good thing — it’s not something I think of as a negative quality about myself. It’s an ability to fit into my surroundings without being noticed, but reliable and consistent in all that I do. That is the color grey. That is me.

Let’s chat about famous examples of the color grey… And yes, there are probably more, but these are the ones that come to mind or I have familiarity with:

  • Gray Matter: Our Brains
  • Grey’s Anatomy: A famous TV show, and I believe a book on the human body
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: a famous series of books and movies
  • Grey Hair: Divisive – people either hate it or embrace it
  • Gandalf the Grey: “Lord of the Rings”
  • Greyhound: the bus company, dog and drink
  • Earl Grey Tea: most common flavor, I think (To my “TEA” friends — yes/no?)
  • Grey Poupon: remember those mustard commercials?
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray: Classic book
  • Grey Gardens: Hamptons House in disarray of Jackie O’s family

Many feel depressed with the color grey, as though it is so dull, it offers nothing to the eye. To me, it offers Calm. Relaxation. Mood. Grey is in every room in my home. It’s on the walls in three different shades between the hallways, bedroom and living room. My couch is grey.  My bathroom towels are grey. My bed comforter is grey. It may seem bland, but it’s not. It’s a beautiful base that allows other colors to shine in their own way.

Grey is almost monotone (though by it’s definition, it is not). Think of black and white photographs. Your eyes don’t see the black or the white. They interpret grey. At least mine do. And it feels historic. Antique. Important. Valuable. Memorable. Like the grey wolf — another beautiful image:

How do you feel about the color grey? Does it stand out or hide among your life? Is it a neutral base of an item you avoid? And which way do you spell it?

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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18 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 77 – Grey (Color)

    Nel said:
    May 28, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    I spell it grey even though I’m American as well. Gray just doesn’t look right and I loooove Grey’s Anatomy. Earl Grey tea is the popular tea. I shared a story about it in one of posts about how the name came to be. Grey is also prominent in my life because it’s one of the colors my husband only wears (grey, navy blue, and black). Also plan to paint our living room wall Perfect Greige which is a grey/beige mix! Awesome post! Can’t wait to see how you spin each color each day this week 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 28, 2017 at 9:44 AM

      He’s a good man… I wear the same colors! And I have never heard of Greige, but it is my new favorite word. That is fantastic. I will search for the post on tea. I vaguely recall seeing it, but not sure if it was before we connected…

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        Nel said:
        May 28, 2017 at 9:44 AM

        It’s on the post Everybody Poops hahaha

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 28, 2017 at 9:46 AM

        OMG… I searched for “earl grey” and that came back. My assumption was that meant “nope, couldn’t find it” HILARIOUS!

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        Nel said:
        May 28, 2017 at 9:46 AM

        😀

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    Kristin said:
    May 28, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    I prefer grey as well. My teacher in third grade insisted on grey and for years, I assumed that the “ay” preference was incorrect spelling.

    It feels natural to me because of this.

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    Stephanie said:
    May 28, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    I’m another one that thinks it should be spelled grey just like Grey’s Anatomy one of my favorite shows!To me, that spelling just looks classier and a much less boring. I love the neutrality of grey; I have grey sweaters, slacks, skirts, shoes, etc, and they make coordinating a work week wardrobe easy and is a nice change from basic black! I’m a tea drinker, and yes, Earl Grey is the favorite. I usually drink it in the morning when I’m not in the mood for coffee, but every afternoon I have a cup of Lady Grey tea, so there is another “grey” tea for you! We just redecorated our upstairs bathroom in several shades of grey-painted the walls, a two-toned grey shower curtain, and towels. I love the way it looks! Fantastic post as usual.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 28, 2017 at 12:48 PM

      Thank you. Ooh. And a new tea to try!

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        Stephanie said:
        May 28, 2017 at 1:20 PM

        Your welcome! It’s lighter than it’s Earl Grey and has hint more citrus; it’s a nice pick me up for the afternoon!

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    Judy said:
    May 29, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    GrEy = England GrAy = American My American publisher requested I spell the American way, and this is how I remember. 🙂 I spelled it grey for decades because of Gandalf the Grey and the Grey Havens. 😉 I saw a house painted gray and thought it a dreary place until they added pastel yellow trim. It was the most beautiful home I’d ever seen. Sadly, new owners painted it a sage green. It isn’t nearly as pretty.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 29, 2017 at 2:01 PM

      Good way to remember it! Nice share. I agree, grey is better than green! Maybe not always tho! LOL

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    RobbyeFaye said:
    May 29, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    I enjoyed your blog about gray vs grey very much.
    I also enjoy your idea for the 365-day challenge, good luck with the follow through!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 29, 2017 at 2:02 PM

      Thank you! I’m on day 78 today… working so far… let’s see if I can keep up the momentum. Thanks for the follow.

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        RobbyeFaye said:
        May 29, 2017 at 2:05 PM

        You are welcome.
        Wow, I don’t think I’ve done many things for 78 days running other than things required or necessary for life! Congrats!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 29, 2017 at 3:08 PM

        Thank you!

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    Rae Longest said:
    June 1, 2017 at 4:11 AM

    Grey is my favorite neutral color. I look awful in beige or tans, but greys go with anything and can be spruced and brightened up with pops of bright colors. Grey days, however get me down, unless there is a light rain, which energizes me. Grey is a prevalent color in my daily life.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 1, 2017 at 7:37 AM

      I can see how grey is a bit of a downer with the sky color and rain. For some reason, that relaxes me. I think it means calm to me.

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