Sunday, February 26, 2006

Earning A Rainbow

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Dolly Parton, American Country Singer/Songwriter/Actress

This quote reminds us to look for the rainbow inspired by any storm in our atmosphere. It is my practice to do so; countless times in my lifetime I have stood soaked to the skin, shivering in the aftermath of some sudden downpour and searched for the bright colors that accompany any recognized positive. But it demands that you look for it, head up, eyes scanning the horizon hungry to find the prize.
Any lesson learned is a prize earned. Rainbows follow rain, enlightenment follows sorrow. The bad inspires good in some fashion if we allow it. Any misfortune that does not have a positive attached is only one we have not looked at without agony clouding our vision. Learning whatever it has to teach is the rainbow. Never needing the same lesson again is like a right of passage, a sort of graduation to a higher grade.
Some sorrow is natural; death, divorce, etc are storms that are almost impossible to phantom any positive from. But their rainbow is our coping, the positive is survival, the lesson is thriving in the face of disaster, the reward is living fully in the future no matter what the past.