Years ago I acquired a book entitled The Lüscher Color Test.
Within the book are eight small oblongs of cardboard, each a different color.
What you do is, you line up the pieces of variously-colored cardboard and you look at them. Then you begin choosing the colors in the order in which they appeal to you.
You can't spend too much time fretting about the actual shades of the colors. They're not what you might expect. No matter; they are what they are.
The idea is to simply and honestly choose the eight colors and line them up in the order in which you like them, from best to least. Someone (maybe even you) makes careful notes of your selections (the cards are numbered on the back).
Then you do it a second time, without attempting to consciously make the identical selections you made the first time. Again, notes are made of your picks in correct order.
At the end of all this, either you or a friend can consult the part of the book that is designed to explain what your selections mean.
Because yes; they mean something. Turns out (if you buy into the whole thing, and I do), they mean a lot. It's actually an intensely revealing psychological test, not just a parlor game.
That's all I'll tell you about the Lüscher Color Test. If you want to know more, buy the book and have fun.
The reason I'm conveying all of this to you today is this:
The test's author, Dr. Max Lüscher, insists that the colors you reject are every bit as important as those you accept.
In other words, just as much can be read into the color(s) you pick last, as the one(s) you pick first.
Here's the takeaway.
On election day I rejected a candidate to exactly the same degree that I selected one. In fact, I would have voted for just about anyone rather than cast a vote for Hillary Clinton.
I would've let my hand wither and drop from my arm before doing that.
But that doesn't mean I was firmly aboard the Trump Train at that time. I had my reservations -- as in, some nagging doubts that this unpredictable, unscripted man was the best choice to be the forty-fifth President of the United States.
But no one else presented themselves as a better choice, and I was adamantly, vehemently #NeverHillary.
Besides, there's something appealing about a politically-incorrect loose cannon. To me, anyway.
And it's not as though anyone expected him to win.
During the tumultuous election cycle, my TG (a Cruz man until that dream went by the wayside) made a wise observation:
Let's say you have a dozen eggs. Six are rotten and six are cracked. You can do nothing with rotten eggs, but you can do any number of positive things with cracked eggs.
Cakes and omelets come to mind.
Mr. Trump may be slightly cracked, but Hillary Clinton is rotten. It's practically her middle name. She's all the rotten eggs. There's not one thing you can do except throw her out.
I've grown to love Donald Trump. It happened before the election; I was so thrilled on election night, I could not sleep. I could not stop rejoicing and no, it wasn't only because it wouldn't be Hillary. It was because it would be Mr. Trump.
My doubts were gone, and for all his faults, they remain a thing of the past.
Looking back, I believe the turning point for me began with listening, riveted, to Mr. Trump's seventy-five-minute speech at the Republican National Convention in July, during which he graciously accepted his party's nomination.
Here is one minute of it:
When he said I am your voice, I felt both elated and grateful. Finally. Finally I may have a President who speaks for me. It had been a long, long time since I felt that way.
My elation has sustained itself and it has grown. Today I will be watching every moment of the inauguration. Tonight, we are having a party with family and friends, to celebrate.
I'll wear my Trump tshirt and my two commemorative buttons.
All day (and every day) I will be praying for Mr. Trump, for his safety, for those who work so hard to ensure he is kept safe, and for his family.
Most of all, I will pray for America, that the destruction of the past eight years may by God's grace be reversed, and that our beloved country will truly be made great again.
As President Trump says: Greater than she has ever been before.
And that is all for now.
Happy Friday :: Happy Inauguration :: God Bless America