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Metaphorical Rainbow. Friday March 11, 2016

"As I was walking, I was thinking a lot about my psychologist's suggestion to spend some time away; thinking about how I'd put it into practice. It needed serious thought, but the idea made me feel extremely anxious. There are difficult times ahead – and difficult times right now – no matter what I do (or plan to do). Pain, of the emotional kind, is inevitable.

The weather had been fine, but then it started to rain. At first I thought of it as a nuisance, and turned around, deciding to cut my walk short as it was getting heavier. I started to get irritated, thinking I'd be soaked by the time I reached the shelter of the car if it carried on like this.

And then I looked a little ahead, and saw a vivid and beautiful rainbow. It was unusual in that one of its ends was actually in front of the trees on the other side of the river. I think I've only ever seen that once before in my life. Today, It felt symbolic; one of those moments when it seemed as if the universe was speaking to me, telling me that even in the toughest of times, there's beauty.

It felt like a sign that I should go forwards despite the rain, and there would be something beautiful – or at least positive – on the other side; it was in sight and it was in reach."

I wrote this just over a year ago. I didn't mind the rain after seeing that rainbow, and somehow, I stopped feeling so anxious about what lay ahead. I did what I needed to do; I made my plans. It was hard – really hard at times – just as I expected. But you know something? The universe was right; there was a 'rainbow' at the end of it.

Emma
A Moodscope member.

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Norman Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 4:31am

Emma hi!


Thanks for a very positive blog which captures my mood right now (66%). I'm up early for a plane to a job interview in Newcastle, I'm moving to a new place on Sunday which looks better than where I currently am, and my current date is looking like something more lasting. It's pitch dark but there's a rainbow inside (as well as some lovely warm porridge!) (And Judy Garland singing "over the rainbow" in my head!)

Mary Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 9:16am

Ah Norman - you'd reminded me of one of my favourite songs to sing. Thank you. Smiling here. (sings) ...someWHERE over the rainbow, skies are buhloooo.... (er - just hope I haven't ruined it for you now..) ;)

Nick Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 6:43am

"In the toughest of times, there's beauty" Beautiful xx

cathy Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 6:53am

After a short but harrowing illness which I nursed her through, my amazing mum died. That evening the family went out for a meal to celebrate her life, on leaving the restaurant we were confronted by the most breathtaking sunset ever, the richness of the colours was stunning. I have always seen that as a symbol of hope and a message from mum to go on and appreciate what we do have. This has helped me loads when things get tough.

Adam Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 7:11am

That was very uplifting and just what I needed this morning!

Hopeful One Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 7:45am

Hi Emma- so glad you found that rainbow and appreciated its place in the scheme of things. May I say that happened because of something called Hope which we have,can have, is always there, always available and asks nothing of us?

My moniker says it all as I now see myself after all the events that took place in my life changing it for ever.

My rainbow? I eventually found someone who I love and who loves me.

I would now rank the ability to laugh alongside Hope - the combination of those two will knock anything on its head.

So here is your instalment for today.

A church's bell ringer passed away. The church posted the job opening in the local newspaper's classified ads and a man came in with no arms wanting the job. The clergy weren't sure he could do it, but he convinced them to let him try it. They climbed the bell tower and the guy ran toward the bell and hit it with his head, producing a beautiful melody. They gave him the job on the spot. The next day he went to ring the bell, tripped, bounced off the bell and fell to the side walk below. Two priests were walking past. One asked, "Do you know this guy?" The other responded, "No, but his face rings a bell." The next day, the dead man's twin brother came in for the again vacant bell ringer position. He also had no arms. The clergy led him up to the bell tower, where he ran at the bell, tripped and fell to the side walk below. The same two priests walked up. The first asked, "Do you know him?" The second responded, "No, but he's a dead ringer for his brother.

Mary Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 9:17am

Oh dear - I feel cruel for laughing now!

Zareen Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 8:17am

Thanks for the blog which I found very encouraging. All the best

Mary Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 9:22am

Such a beautiful post Emma. Yesterday I made a get well card for my sister (who has also broken her leg As she said "I think this takes sibling rivalry rather too far!") I made a rainbow out of coloured sequin stars for her. Without the rain there would be no rainbows, but we need to let the sun into our lives before we can see that beauty! Thank you Emma - this is just lovely.

Skyblue Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 10:24am

Hi Emma, such a beautiful perspective, and a lovely blog. To see a rainbow is special and doesn't happen often. So glad you 'saw' it with your soul's eyes. Thank you. xx

the room above the garage Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 1:29pm

This is a lovely piece to share, thank you! I had a similar rainbow moment before Christmas, it was a double rainbow and the outermost one was really, really strong in colour. Like someone had taken felt-tips to the sky. Like you, I took it as a sign. I like signs and they provide hope. Thanks for sharing this, love ratg x.

The Gardener Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 1:34pm

Thank you Emma some sun shone into my beautiful bedroom this morning. We have pictures of spectacular rainbows - best in the tropics - but pretty good in April here. I love the sight of a flowering cherry or a weeping willow just coming out against a pitch black April sky. I have a rainbow - 6 days resident respite for Mr G after days of pure hell and desperate unhappiness. They have advised me not to go in and see him - I will never cope with the recriminations and my time off will be spent in guilt, So hard work st m

The Gardener Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 1:34pm

Thank you Emma some sun shone into my beautiful bedroom this morning. We have pictures of spectacular rainbows - best in the tropics - but pretty good in April here. I love the sight of a flowering cherry or a weeping willow just coming out against a pitch black April sky. I have a rainbow - 6 days resident respite for Mr G after days of pure hell and desperate unhappiness. They have advised me not to go in and see him - I will never cope with the recriminations and my time off will be spent in guilt, So hard work st

The Gardener Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 1:37pm

Having awful trouble with my machine - I have to work on priorities - doing the things I cant do with Mr G and try by any means to rid myself of defeat, depression, animosity all to the ends of making a better job of life when (and could be IF my suffering husband can return to any sort of home life. Somewhere over the rainbow, indeed

The Gardener Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 2:07pm

Any explanations? Whole script turns pink, stops dead - then find it's copied - can't see why

Maria Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 6:35pm

What a beautiful blog Emma! Thank you for sharing :)

Debs Fri, Mar 11th 2016 @ 7:16pm

Thank you Emma - a beautiful way to end my day ;-) xx

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