They're more than just the tools for art.
Colours are so visual and emotional that we've even tied them into everyday sayings like "seeing red" or "feeling blue".
But in rural Queensland, it's more about green.
Green is the make or break, the end goal and the big win all dumped into one single colour.
It can dictate your happiness, health and hardships.
It's amazing, all giving and alludes to a bumper season ahead.
And yet, it's constantly fluctuating and natural.
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It can never be predicted and should never be relied on.
So how do we bring more green into our lives?
You may be thinking through better pasture and soil management, and you wouldn't be wrong, but what about the green that we can bring into existence ourselves?
Just as it's best to plan your water management and distribution when you've got plenty around to prepare yourself for any dry times, it's equally important while it's starting to green up through large portions of rural Queensland to put some thought into how to keep yourself in that 'green' state of mind.
Having the ability and the support to see the green side of life when going through some of the harshest drought conditions known to the nation is an integral part of tending to your mental health and well-being.
I hope this is a reminder that as your view from the paddock may be taking on the Christmas green to keep that image with you, firmly.
Help those around you to see the 'green' as well, support is sometimes all we can offer and it's not weak to reach out and ask somebody what colour they are seeing day-to-day.
This is also me signing off on my last View from the Paddock column contribution for the Bible of the Bush, Queensland Country Life.
It has been a pleasure over the last two years to share some thoughts with you all through this great column and I hope you have a very merry (and hopefully green) Christmas!
- Callan Daley, youth agvocate.
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