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Monday, July 23, 2012

The Deceiving Rainbows of Our Lives...

How do you recover from what was promised and then not given? From what was taken for granted as an ending but then ended differently?
How do you keep believing?
How do you stay positive when disappointment overwhelms you?
How do you buck up and search for another rainbow?

So many things, so many goals, and so many objectives that seemed to be achievable and at the reach of your fingertips… few more steps… so close that you can “smell it” and you give it that last bit of push…and nothing.
Your expectations are not met, the results are far short of what you imagined, the potential is second-rate, and your hopes are slowly disintegrating like crushed ice under the sun…

Everyone has heard of the Irish Fable about “The Pot of Gold at The End of The Rainbow.” One version of the fable is that, “a leprechaun granted one wish to a couple who were very poor and had little. They asked for riches of gold and silver. The leprechaun was angered that the couple would be so selfish, but as a hint, told them he put their riches in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And as the story goes, the couple is still looking for the end of the rainbow to this day.”

Are most of us like the couple in the fable; looking, searching and striving for what is not, what is never meant to be?
I like to think not…
Without a dream, and without something to look forward to, what would be the purpose of our existence? We need to realize and accept that there will never be an end of a rainbow. No matter how far we reach, and no matter how close we think we are getting, it will always be the same distance away. And we need that, we need to accept that as a rule so we can be motivated to push, and to seek greater than this moment. Our growth is made of consecutive occurrences of challenges. While some we will achieve, we need to not be complacent but keep ourselves motivated for better, higher results. While some we will not accomplish, we need to learn to not wallow in doubts.
Let go of the negative and rhetorical questions about yourself and your capabilities. Look for the positive. Angst and stress is all that will come about if you challenge the unchangeable and refuse to accept the “what is”. There is always something that you can do to make the situation brighter and better. There is always an underlying lesson that will help you move to the next “level” in the game of life…
At some unknown time in the course of our life, we will all experience life altering situations. They will impact what we believe our progression was or needed to be, but remember; no matter how much you get discouraged, no matter how deep in darkness you submerge yourself to avoid the storm (giving up), the sun will shine again and a rainbow will guide you…

So what do you do when the pot of gold is not at the end of the rainbow?
We get up and search for the end of the next rainbow…

“Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”

Images: Val West

 To chasing rainbow,

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