Alphabetical Emotions: Yellow

YYellow is the opposite to courage. It is cowardice or lack of courage. In the playground children would taunt “What are yer? Yeller.”

I can tell you I have the feeling of being yellow whenever courage is required unless the courage is such that there is no time to think and action without thinking is undertaken and then as I queried in my courage post

is it  really courage.

I can really understand that feeling of wanting to flee. To not see sights that will stay with you forever is an option that most of us would prefer I’m sure.

I don’t like calling people a coward, or yellow. Most often it is a bully inciting someone not as strong to do things that they should not be doing or are not equipped mentally to manage.Those shell shocked soldiers in the first World War who were court martialled and shot because they could no longer face the front line were labelled yellow. They were certainly not yellow but suffering from being courageous  for so long that no longer could they manage. They suffered from what we now call post traumatic stress disorder. Today they would be looked after. Well at least I hope they would be.

So the next time you feel yellow just remember that it is natural and the next time you feel like calling someone yellow – pause a moment and consider what they may already have been through or are you being a bully.



About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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6 Responses to Alphabetical Emotions: Yellow

  1. finley jayne says:

    Great subject for the letter ‘Y’ 🙂

    Stopping by to say ‘hi’ from the A-Z Challenge!
    Finley Jayne


  2. And yet the color yellow is happy and sunny. How did it become associated with cowardice?


    • Yes I don’t know how that happened. In Japan it is the colour of courage which somehow makes more sense. I haven’t delved into the history of the colour but I do know that if you put a baby in a yellow room it will become quite distressed. Interesting the effect of colour which you would be well aware of with your interest in art.


  3. Awesome Y word! Never even thought of yellow as an emotion, although like you posted I have heard the term used when someone seems scared.


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