Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Over the rainbow



During a drive the other day we saw some beautiful rainbows. Pictures, of course, cannot do them justice.   The kids were very vocal about wanting to chase the rainbows and find the pot of gold at the end.







 Being young they didn’t understand when I tried to explain that rainbows are elusive, that they represent the unattainable, the constantly searched for. There is no pot of gold, the real reward is in the journey, the dream. The oldest is only six, so it’s a concept a little bit beyond them. I can barely understand it myself some days. Some days I want that pot of gold and I want it now. Other days I’m okay with striving and longing for the reward.



 





There are days the rainbow feels so far away, and then there are the days you feel as if you’ve found your pot of gold. Most days are in-between, but each day is part of the journey.



21 comments:

  1. Amen! The journey is the all in all of our lives. Sometimes we find the pot of gold, sometimes not. But we can learn no matter what happens.

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    1. As long as we're learning whatever happens will be okay.

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  2. I never thought of the message behind rainbows. What do we do when we find the pot of gold? I think we'll always be striving for something.

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    1. Well, I can tell you what I'd do if I found a real pot of gold, but if I ever accomplished all my goals and had nothing to look forward to there woldn't be any reason to keep living.

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  3. This was a lovely post. I had never been so reflective about rainbows, but you captured what fascinates us about rainbows, and very eloquently.

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    1. For me rainbows are all about possibility, not attaining.

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  4. Amen, indeed! Rainbows are such a magical. I love seeing them. I love what they represent in both the spiritual sense and the scientific. Growing up, I watched Rainbow Bright. :P

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  5. I love how people take away so many different meanings from something like the rainbow. When I look at rainbows I can't help but to think of how beautiful the physical properties of the world around me are. After all, it's just photons and water molecules, but look what they can do when combined!

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    1. The same as when words are combined in the same way.

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  6. Very well put. It IS all about the journey, not the destination, in many cases. I'm sure it's a lesson your kiddos will remember.

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    1. I don't know. I don't think they actually listened much.

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  7. So true. It really is the journey that is so important. I love rainbows!

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  8. Amen. The journey is everything. We don't have many rainbows here in SEGA, but the other day I saw a triple one. It was amazing.

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    1. Wow! treasure that memory. Triple ones are pretty rare and amazing.

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  9. I love rainbows, especially when they appear unexpectedly.

    I can relate to the "it's-close-but-yet-so-far" kind of feeling. When I feel this way, I continue to plow forward, knowing that I might still be far from where I want to be, but I get a few millimeters closer each time I continue working for it.

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    1. True, as long as you're getting closer you're doing okay.

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  10. Love the way you phrased the analogy. I used to want the real pot of gold when I was a kid, not for the money, but because I wanted to riffle through the coins! Guess I'd been influenced by Scrooge McDuck...

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  11. This was a great post and oh so true. We journey after the illusive rainbow and the pot of gold, whatever it may be for each of us.

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  12. Like many, I've always found rainbows magical, and I *never* miss the opportunity, when I have it, to snap at least one picture!

    PS: Your comments today came through, so you don't have to

    :)

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