Even a mundane trip to the grocery store can have a beautiful ending!
Even when you’re having a stressful day, riding down the road and around a curve, to suddenly see this brilliant display of a rainbow can just transform your day. This little drive along the Tuckasegee River is one of my favorites and always makes me feel good; the rainbow was the icing on the cake. No matter how many rainbows I see, they still stop me in my tracks and take my breath for a minute. Nature seems to have a way of surprising me sometimes with something so fabulous and unexpected that I just can’t stay in a bad mood or an apathetic one. This rainbow was truly magnificent – I only wish this photo did it any kind of justice! As Thoreau put it so beautifully, “The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.” A day where I can see something as lovely as this rainbow or an unexpected smile or the flash of a bluebird (and the list goes on and on) is a day where I believe I’ve had a bountiful harvest! I believe this can be true every day of my life if I just open my eyes, ears, and other senses, as well as my mind and my heart.
Copyright (c) 2012 by Raindrop Ridge Press
It has been warm in North Carolina this autumn week. We finally got rain last night and this morning. Then the wind started gusting and the temperature started dropping. I was riding over to the neighboring town and the sun was playing peek-a-boo from behind the clouds, then it would rain, then the sun would pop out. Tonight and tomorrow it’s supposed to snow a little bit.
To make a long story short, I saw seven different rainbows on that short trip! It was amazing and something I had never experienced before. One was actually a double rainbow.
When I reached the store parking lot where I was headed, one huge gorgeous rainbow was off to the right, and a lady driving through stopped and rolled down her window as I walked by and asked me if I had seen it, and I told her I had seen seven. She was as amazed as I was. I had never seen this lady before and it was as if we had this instant connection as we shared the beautiful sight. When she left she told me good-bye and to have a nice afternoon. The whole experience of all the rainbows put me in such a good mood.
On a different note, I know that Nature’s awesomeness doesn’t always brings smiles and good moods, as right now there are raging California fires or in the case of devastating hurricanes, for example. But in either case, I appreciate how Nature is such a great joiner. In our perceived good or bad experiences (rainbows or fires), Nature can bring strangers together and get people talking that might otherwise never meet; it makes us aware of our interconnectedness with all of the planet. I wonder if that woman in the parking lot had ever just stopped and spoken to a stranger the way she did today.
Copyright (c) 2008 by Raindrop Ridge Press