How the Colours of the Rainbow Came Together
Once upon a time, long long ago, the colours of the world started to quarrel, all claiming that each one was the most important. Green said "I am the sign for life and hope, I was chosen for grass and trees". Blue interrupted, reminding them that it was the sea and sky that brought peace. Yellow chuckled: "I bring laughter, gaiety and warmth into the world, and without me there would be no fun". Orange reminded them that she provided beautiful orange vegetables and filled the sky with dazzling sunrises and sunsets. So they continued, with Red shouting that he was the ruler and represented bravery, passion and the red rose, whereupon Purple asserted that he had Royal status, so people listened and obeyed. Then Indigo, quietly but determined, said they would be superficial without her, as she provided silence and balance.
As they continued their loud boasting, each convinced of their superiority, there was a flash of bright lightening! Thunder rolled and boomed! Rain poured down relentlessly! The colours crouched down, fearful! Then Rain spoke: "You foolish colours, fighting amongst yourselves, trying to dominate one another. Don't you know that you are each unique and different, made for a special purpose? Join hands with one another. From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of colour as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The rainbow will be a sign of hope for tomorrow." (Author unknown)
The above is an abbreviated version of a daily inspirational fax message delivered to an office where I worked some years ago. Its message links with last month's Moment about being willing to reach out to another for support instead of being a 'lone ranger'. English poet, John Donne (1572 - 1631) left us his often-quoted words: No man is an island, entire of itself; every man[woman] is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
Please reflect on the strengths that make you unique. If you are stuck, as I was, do have the courage to reach out for support. These longer daylight hours are an ideal time to enjoy being outdoors in Nature. Perhaps, when you see a Rainbow, remember our story of how each of the colours learned that they had a special purpose, accepted their differences and came together in peace. If I can support you, do please call.
Until next time, most warmly... Namasté
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada