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What Color Were YOU on Today?

When my nine-year-old daughter, Lindsay, was in kindergarten, she brought home a daily report. The teachers had a color-coding system to indicate behavior hits or misses.

Green meant a great day, yellow meant that the student needed a warning, and red meant serious business as in: your child grew devil horns.

Everybody started on green at the beginning of each day, and even had a chance to redeem themselves after making a mistake.

Lindsay rarely entered the yellow or red zone, but if she did, she took it seriously. Not being on green had many consequences including missing out on special treats and events and everybody knowing that she misbehaved (to her, so terribly embarrassing).

Even though Lindsay hasn’t been on the color-coded scale since she was five, I know she monitors her actions and realizes when she’s crossing the line. She learned that she has to be accountable for her actions, pay the penalty if she fumbled and that she could start new every single day.

Just because nobody is officially recording your “color” (or maybe they are and you don’t know it) doesn’t mean that you can’t keep yourself in line and figure out when the colors are blurring.

Do you start the day out on red the second you open your eyes, feeling negative and knowing that things won’t go your way, or do you hop out of bed on green with a can-do attitude, feeling like you can accomplish great things?

For Star Wars enthusiasts like my boyfriend, Frank, it could be fun to relate behaviors to the series’ characters.

GREEN During positive, productive, successful moments, you could be channeling Yoda – the most renowned and powerful Jedi Master in galactic history, who was known for his legendary wisdom, mastery of the Force and skills in combat.

YELLOW If you’re in between moods and teetering on the verge of being good or bad, you may find yourself wondering if C-3PO – a wishy-washy, naysaying, fussy, yet still lovable droid – is taking over your mind and body.

RED When feeling grumpy, tired, overwhelmed or fighting back the urge to challenge everybody in your office to a deadly light-saber duel, your inner Darth Vader – a ruthless cyborg and one of pop-culture’s most notable villains – may make an unwelcome appearance.

Remember that you’re not going to have a perfect day, hour or minute! It is not always easy to have a great attitude, tolerate your coworkers or feel 100-percent positive about your job, but it is easy to recognize when your mood and attitude shifts and know that you can bring yourself right back to the real you.  

Think of your own rating system to help you stay in line when times are tough. Make it simple, make it fun, make it something you relate to and make it work.

When you’re feeling a little Darth Vader-esque or C-3POish, think back to what an adorable, short, green Jedi with pointy ears said a  long time ago in a galaxy far, far away:

Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.

P.S. Star Wars knowledgable I’m not. Showed me the way Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki did.

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  1. Teri Wiltshire says

    Mandy – came to your post via Melissa’s mention on Facebook. Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this. My son, graduates from High School this year & I remember the color system from those early days. I agree adults could use a “color check” every now & then whether your day is one at the office or a day working at home. As for your Star Wars references they are terrific. One you didn’t include, that I hear around my house constantly, is a Yoda quote “Do or do not, there is no try.” Something to be said for starting a project “on the green.” Thanks again. – Teri Wiltshire

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