There was a magnificent rainbow out my kitchen window recently. It was one of those breathtaking ones where you could see the entire thing from beginning to end. We’d been hit with torrents in Los Angeles and this hopeful vista was an organic reminder that there is an end to the storm; it represents a gateway to things better and brighter.
It got me pondering about “Rainbow Thinking.”
I bloody love metaphors and rainbows are the mother lode. Stop and think about it for a moment. What do rainbows mean to you? Some may say it’s just a sign the rain has stopped. Well, even that simple statement is full of metaphor if you’ll let yourself go there. Other rainbow meanings that come to mind. A rainbow:
The infamous lyrics to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” are filled with optimism and dreaming of better things to come:
“If happy little blue birds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can’t I?”
Weathering the storm has practically become a way of life for many people. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say, “We’re (or I’m) weathering the storm until things improve,” I’d be able to fill that pot at the end of the rainbow.
Some believe that searching for the pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow is a futile journey only set up for failure, that it’s an impossible feat. But, I disagree.
Whatever it is, doing what you can to grow and adopt some Rainbow Thinking will help you move your career and your life forward.
And then know this: A rainbow always appears somewhere after the rain, even if you can’t see it. Knowing it’s there helps.
Originally published at www.thoughtchangerblog.com.
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