The Color is White

By Christina Kim - November 06, 2015

White... is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black...God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, when he paints in White.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton -


White has always (and will always be) that favorite color of mine.

Well, for some reason, I have liked this color since I was a little girl.
Of course, I loved pink too, among many other colors, but ultimately white is still that go-to color whenever I have to choose or when I am just running out of ideas.

It is that perfect picture of everything, yet at the same time of nothing.
It is just simple.

You can always pair it with any color, and the color for some reason, just puts one's mind to ease.
Perhaps that was the reason for the color being incorporated into many professions; particularly medicine.
It is that color of cleanliness, and well of order.

I would have named a list of things that I loved in white; but that would pretty much be almost everything.
It would be easier to say which would I not prefer to have white in color; the list is shorter or next to almost nothing.

That is the magic of the color white, to me, and I think to everyone else as well.

Did you notice that people tend to take those who are dressed in white more seriously too?
That is, of course, if you don't wear an insane look while you are dressed in white.

The past week was a rather slow one; with travels and nursing my poor health back to normal, hence the slow updates as well.
Lethargy and adjusting to the environment made things worse.
There was simply the lack of focus in almost everything, though I still had to get some of the things done.

This week was not any better; despite the bouncing back of the energy levels from the low it was last week.
That energy was then channeled into working on several things and rushing the deadlines; including staying up if I have to.
I spent long hours staring at a few things; and to find myself feeling exhausted all over again.

It is just like how a battery is depleted of its energy, and the minute it is charged, it is fully maximized and soon you realized, more than half of the power is gone again.

I was also spending time working on some of the content of the blog, and even revamped the overall layout design of my blog.
(I am sure you've noticed by now the site has a completely different outlook).

It took time to decide on the design for I wanted it to be clean and simple.
Then there were the customization needed to add (and remove) things I wanted and didn't need to give the site that identity which was already defined.
It was supposed to be easy, or so I thought.

Then it was just like Murphy's law; where anything that can go wrong, just went wrong.

Some of the codes went terribly wrong, or maybe it was me, and then I had to re-do some of the parts.
It was no biggie; just had to blow off the dust (and rust) from that pile of information kept at the back of my mind on the quintessentials of coding back from my uni days.

Well, it was fixed in no time (I'm proud) and then I still wasn't happy with the way it appeared.

I kept trying to work on the few things which could, have been better.
I changed and searched for ways to work on it till my eyes were literally hazy due to the long hours of staring at the screen.

Then suddenly, I wondered, what is it exactly that is so imperfect and that I cannot simply see the ones that were already good, and working?

It is just that simple.

Unless the whole site is crashed, then that would be a concern, but it didn't.
Thank God, for my flimsy skills did not really mess that up.

Was I just too intrigued by the idea of perfection that I forgot to look at the other parts that were already good and working?

I am a perfectionist, but was it really that crucial to have almost everything and make it some sort of Wonder website?

I'm not lowering my requirements of course, but I am just looking at the way things are viewed.

The Perspective of Perfection and Simplicity

Why are we often so caught up with the whole web of "own ideals" of perfection, that we tend to overlook those that were already there?

It is just like that piece of white paper.

Put a black dot right in the middle of the white paper; make it a real tiny one (with a sharp ballpoint).
Then hold it up and ask others, "What do they see on the paper?"

Almost everyone would definitely answer, "The Black Dot".
(Maybe not these days, since this has been an overused exemplary model to explain the overall concept to let's just say, the entire universe).

But really, that first time you were asked and had no idea, that was also your answer.
(Don't lie about it).

Some would even squint their eyes hard to make out anything on the piece of paper, to make sure they did not miss out anything else that was hidden.
Some even hesitated, and thought for a very long time, "Was there some sort of a hidden conspiracy? It can't be just a simple answer that we only see the black dot. There must be something else".

If you think about it, why is it we find it so hard to believe when things really, are as they seem, and are just simple?

People are often suspicious of everything; even of others' intentions.

When you tell someone of something you've done for them, some would even go to the extent to think that "She must want something out of this".

Why can't it just be a simple case of kindness?

It's a simple explanation; it's the works of the world and of the evolution of the society which has led us to this predicament.

We could no longer accept things on the surface; or just as they are depicted.
Of course we are aware that they are sometimes just that simple, but we do not want to take chances.
We do not want to leave ourselves vulnerable to the risks of danger with even the slightest moment of doubt.

The horror stories of how seemingly random acts of kindness have led to gruesome results; when people have just distorted the simple act of helping another to turn it into their benefits and often sadly, at the expense of others' misery.

It is distressing to see how the world and the people have evolved into; possessed by greed, lust, jealousy, and all the deadly sins.
It made the good people; those with the truest of intentions wary of where to place their kindness, or not at all, if they have a choice.
It makes everyone turn to the cold side; choosing to turn their heads (and hearts) away from channeling love and kindness to any random stranger.
It is sad.

That is the bigger picture and the impact on the world.

Back to that earlier part on the act of complicating a simple situation based on unrealistic ideals.
Of course it is influenced by this whole issue affecting the society.

I am not saying that we should not be on guard at all times, but just that would depend on one's judgment.

However, in one's life, that would be the place to start.
To start to simplify.
To start to UN-complicate matters.
To simply unclutter everything and just make it minimal.

See the white paper as what it is fundamentally; the white paper.

Why look at only the black dot?

When someone does well, be happy for them.
See only that glory of the achievement rather than wondering if they have missed out anything where they (or you yourself) could have done better (than them).
Erase that kind of perception.
You can motivate yourself to do better, but don't let jealousy creep in.

If you can't see beyond that, you will never understand the concept and it will be your biggest obstacle to that joy in your heart.

The whole idea is about keeping things simple.

Sometimes we don't have to have everything in the world; or every single functionality in the website to exist just like others.

Sometimes, we are just seeking for that black dot; or worse still, we are creating the black dot which doesn't even exist in the first place.

Embrace the white, and just see it as the color it is.

White; simple as it is.
It is not that other colors do not exist, but white is a great color and sets that background for everything.
Yes, just about everything.

So what if one or two buttons do not work?
Well, actually I've gotten ALL of them to work and everything works fine right now.
*Saying my prayers*

So what if the black dot is on that piece of paper?
So WHAT if there IS a Black Dot?

White is still the dominant color and you could have just ignored the black.

Or get a brush and paint a picture, to complete the white and black, and throw in some colors to make it one to mean nothing but just coloring your heart out.

I'm going to go for the latter.

I will, for the moment, take a short break, breathe in and just enjoy the glory of white.
It is not the color of perfection; it is just simply, the color of simplicity.


Besides, perfection is not about having everything all at once, but simply learning how to make the most of imperfections.
Most of all, perfection is as viewed in the eyes and mind of the beholder.

So, stop making things complicated.

Live life simply, and as it is, sometimes.

Take a break and just relax.

Now if you will excuse me, I will need to indulge in some white reflections ;-)

I hope you guys love the new "look" on the website :-)
I actually liked it, a LOT!

(Everything has been tested and made to work, but if you do encounter some problems, do drop me note and let me know!)
Some of the drop down categories are in the process of being filled by my posts, so stay tune and thanks for the continuous support!




For those colors you wish to be beautiful, always first prepare a pure white ground.
- Leonardo da Vinci -

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Experiences vary from one individual to another.
You do not have to agree with me.

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