There are so many things that come to my mind when I hear “colorful life”. This phrase is not often used to reflect a person’s choices or decisions. Actually, to say someone is “colorful” can often be used to trivialize someone. My intention is very different. I want to use it to describe the depth of experiences which bring meaning to life. We at KenCrest are looking seriously at this model. Here is its’ graphic representation and the corresponding colors:
Think about yourself for a few minutes. What would you put in each of the colorful segments that describes your life? Think of this as your meaningful life inventory.
So what goes with each color group?
• Community Life (dark blue): Volunteering, going to school, attending church, social clubs
• Eligibility specific (green): Government funded supports like social security, SNAP, leaf removal. All of these are paid by taxes.
• Technology(pink): cell phones, computers, assistive technology, kindles
• Relationships(purple): family, friends, neighbors, club members
• Personal Assets and Strengths(light blue): your work, your skills, your knowledge
Now that you are done, you could fill in a calendar with the colors to show which of these colors represents part of your day or week. I did that recently. The results of my week show a wide mix.
Here is my week. I chose the color that represented most of what I was doing in that block.
For a person with a disability that is receiving services, most boxes are green, meaning these services are paid for. If we are going to make room for the needier individuals on the waiting list and those who need to be on served, we need to support more solutions that do not involve staffing but that also support an individual’s independence. This will reduce the need for financial support. We need to get more creative, and more colorful, not just green.
Feel free to fill in this week to review your life. Maybe you will see a way which you too can become more colorful. I hope it inspires you to help us bring color to the lives of the people we serve and the people who wait.
At KenCrest, we call this colorful life a meaningful life. We are determined to support everyone to explore possibilities and mobilize community resources to make dreams so that this colorful life can come true.