I am a Colourless Citizen born on 20/08/1963
I live in a Rainbow Nation. I go unnoticed. I am a Colourless Citizen. I was not born into a colourless World. I am not a Colourless Citizen because I was born blind!
I am a Colourless Citizen because my eyes are open. They were opened by living……………….
My eyes were opened slowly and sometimes painfully. They saw that in the world of colour, so many things are colourless. And only people need to give things colours, labels really. They do this to communicate, to understand, to justify.
What are the colours, we see, we use and we define things by?
Colours tell us so much and yet :
- Poverty knows no colour!
- Being Homeless knows no colour!
- Injustice knows no colour!
- Destruction of the environment knows no colour!
- Cancer knows no colour!
Our blood is the same colour!
Yet each of the things we label is filled with colour!
Love has many colours. Faith has bright colours. Hope has warm colours. Trust has solid colours.
Colours we choose can be negative.
These colours make it easy for us defend our prejudices’, to excuse our attitudes, our behaviour, the lives we lead, the choices we have made. These colours affect all citizens exactly the same! Negatively!
Even those of us who choose to be Colourless
Colours also affect us positively!
We do not have the right to choose to be Colourless Citizens but we can learn and live as Colourless Citizens.
What Colours do you wish to live your life by? What Colours make up your World?
How do the colours you choose affect who you are? How do they define you?
Do they limit your vision, your judgement, your choices, your behaviour, your potential or your relationships?
Learn every day to live in a Colourless World as A Colourless Citizen and you will see a brighter perspective, new opportunities and a better World.
The colours will blend and be blurry at times. This is called life!
Choose your pallet of colours wisely, colour your World brightly, use your brush strokes boldly, paint over the mistakes, change your picture daily, use the whole canvas, for this is what will define you.
No one has the right to tell what colours to use, where to draw the lines or to even use lines. Only you know what pictures you can paint, what stories they will tell, how they affect your life and the lives of those, who are interested enough and love you enough to actually care.
For the rest Black, White, Coloured or Colourless who cares about them? They don’t see your Colourless World.
Now for the important stuff!
Thank you all for being here today to share this celebration with me. You are here because you have each added colour to my life.
And for each and every one of you, know that your colours have influenced my life, my being, my friendship, my character, my soul.
May you all continue to share your colours, enrich your palettes.
And remember to live as Colourless Citizens!
The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself,
but in the colours and textures that come alive in others.