It’s not that easy being green
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold
Or something much more colorful like that!
However, being green has become so much easier in 2013.
Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013.
Thus, although I might better explore the color green in March to honor St. Patrick, or in May because the month’s gemstone is the emerald, I bring it to the fore in January so it can be understood why emerald green is so abundant in 2013—for fashion, beauty, and home interiors.2
Green is the color of spring and of all abundance of life, according to Maryanne E. Hoffman, a color therapist. …it is the essence of life vibrating in growth. Its subtle influence and effect upon you can be used to serve your every need.3
This is an inspiring and uplifting color suggesting abundance and wealth in all its forms, from material wellbeing, to emotional wellbeing to creative ideas.6 If you favor emerald green You are generous with your time and effort to assist your assist your partner in reaching mutual goals. You prefer a person who is wealthy in character and one who seeks self-improvement.
Sensational green has been used throughout history, around the globe, to represent many things:
Green is used worldwide to represent safety.
In several religions, green is the color associated with resurrection and regeneration.
In Ghardaia and other parts of M’zab, houses painted in green indicate that the inhabitants have made a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Green, blue-green, and blue are sacred colors in Iran, where they symbolize paradise.
As the emblematic color of Ireland, green represents the vast green hillsides, as well as Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick.
In Japan, green is regarded as the color of eternal life.
In Aztec culture, green was considered to be royal because it was the colour of the quetzal plumes used by the Aztec chieftains.
The solid green flag of Libya is currently the only national flag of a single color.
In China, jade stones represent virtue and beauty.
In Portugal, green is the color of hope because of its associations with spring.
In the highlands of Scotland, people used to wear green as a mark of honor.
There is a superstition that sewing with green thread on the eve of a fashion show brings bad luck to the design house.4
Green has a strong sense of right or wrong, inviting good judgment. It sees both sides of the equation, weighs them up, and then usually takes the moral stand in making appropriate decisions. On the negative side, it can be judgmental and over-cautious.6
Green also indicates justice. However, to maintain balance it must be supplemented by truth (represented by red) and grace (represented by blue). The expression of justice are goodness (striving for the standards that God has defined as good) produces the fruit of correcting love; the expression of peace (aiming at the well-being of an individual or community in all aspects of life) produces the fruit of reconciling love, and the expression of patience (perseverance that combines determination with mercy) produces the fruit of enduring love.5
Hopefully Kermit will come into his own this year. Albeit his shade of green is not emerald, all shades of green can be celebrated in 2013.
When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why
Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful
And I think it’s what I want to be1
So follow Maryanne’s advice: Add green to your life today.3
3 The Rainbow in Your Life, 2nd edition, Maryanne E. Hoffman, pp 46, 52,
5 The 3 Colors of Love, Christian A. Schwarz, pp. 71, 73, 75