Colouring Time Pink

These days long weekends somehow turn into a far slower pace than regular weekends.

Not quite snail worthy, but close at times.

With Thanksgiving weekend just over, the pattern was no different.


Come holiday Monday however, the cats decided to revolt and stake claim to the living room.

Apparently we missed the clause in the Servants’ Contract specifying who gets the couch during which hours on what days.

Sitting on footstools with laptops perched atop the coffee table, being a little jealous of the dreamy whiskered looks surrounding us should be understandable.

Knees close to touching ears could only last so long and the search for something to do began.


Much to my surprise, the need to do something useful became imperative.

The list of possibilities was both long and filled with “meh, don’t feel like it.”

With cool nights becoming the majority, sewing the flanny jammy bottoms became a reasonable compromise.


The mindless stretches of sewing leg seams lends itself for a lot of mulling.

In this case mulling on time once again.

Pink Time, or rather how unpink my choice was.


If you think about how you fill your time, there are –

Things you must do.

Things you should do.

Things you could do.

Things you (really) want to do.


The musts get done – at some point.

The shoulds often get going after lit by the fires of procrastination or guilt.

The coulds are a matter of choice.

And the wants are left waiting for some day to arrive.

Which it rarely, if ever does on its own.


This last type is what I call Pink Time.

Years ago, fed up with musts, shoulds and coulds taking over life like tribbles, we took a pink highlighter to the calendar.

Pink could stretch from 15 minutes to a week or more.

No musts, shoulds or coulds allowed.

What we wanted to do was placed up front and centre.

Everything was game from navel gazing to working.

The only rule was you did what you were being drawn to do in this moment.

Guilt free.


What Are You Being Drawn To Do


Except it wasn’t so easy.

The musts, shoulds and coulds put out an incredible amount of interference.

Listening to what you’re being drawn to do right now takes attention and practice to cut through the noise.


Musts are the easist to ignore.

You’ll get to them later.

Placing shoulds aside brings relief.

They’re put off for a valid reason.


The coulds, however, are much trickier.

They look like desires in disguise.

When you could do this or that, you’re choosing from a list.

A list inherently narrows your options.

What if you’re not drawn to do any of them?


Listening for what you’re being drawn to do is less of a decision and more of a falling into the flow.

The intent is to head in a direction rather than focus on reaching an end.

Changing course is to be expected.

Because you’re Listening instead of directing.

Navigation comes from a deeper place than your mind that has been in control most of the time.


Back to yesterday, sewing was clearly a choice off a list.

An quick reaction to avoid doing nothing.

Had a moment been taken Listening for pink, I’m quite sure the day would have made a snail proud.

And who know what else would have popped up leading me somewhere else.


Do you have a Pink Time equivalent of following the moment at times, or do the musts, shoulds and coulds rule the day?



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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.


  1. Carrie Ann Lahain on October 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    PINK time! I love it! I need it! Too many musts and shoulds in my life right now. Some of it I can’t avoid. But I could claim more pink time if I dared. Weird lately how these days time seems to drag and rush at the same time. It’s still 95-degrees here in Las Vegas. I need a little autumn chill, I think. Autumn makes my sap rise.

    • Lorraine on October 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Here’s to daring pink. Even in the face of life overrun with musts and shoulds.

  2. kerri on October 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Lorraine, while I do have comments on your post, when I saw your pics of the sky Friday night I was like: Yes! Was that the same night? Was that not unreal?? I was so glad that I happened to be out at that time and got some pics. Yes, both north and south. I love your pics of it. Thanks for mentioning it and posting your photos.

    • Lorraine on October 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Glad you enjoy the photos Kerri. Isn’t it a bit wild how far those clouds extended and connected us all in a way we don’t normally think of. Reminds me of “An American Tale” and the song “Somewhere Out There”.

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