The rainbow connection

G81-182213After a day crammed with taxing situations funneling through my queue, the most effective therapy involves picking up my guitar, strumming a few chords, and letting the lyrics flow from deep inside. I am magically transported to a different world where all tension and stress melt away. In these moments, a feeling of quiet serenity washes over me and life is good.

Sitting on the floor in our bedroom, back against the bed, guitar perched on my thigh, I look up to see my wife walking into the room. With a smile on her face she asks, “Do you take requests?” After issuing my standard disclaimer that any played song may not resemble the said requested song, she asks me to play The Rainbow Connection. The whosit whatsit?

I sheepishly admit that up until this very moment in my life, I had never really heard the song made famous by Jim Henson and the Muppets. After listening to a rendition by Kermit the Frog and watching a smile spread across my wife’s face, I appreciated the extraordinary lyrics from this classic song.

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

I have veered off course on several occasions in an attempt to see one of these fleeting views out the car window. What is it about rainbows that make us stop whatever we are doing and gaze in complete awe and wonder at this natural phenomena?

Is it because every color that we can perceive in the world is wrapped into this one vision? Is it because we dream about the mythical pot of gold at its end? Or, is it because there is some magical rainbow connection that we know is there, but simply can’t put our finger on right now?

As I replay these lyrics in my mind, I am reminded that there is something bigger than us as individuals. There are things that we can’t see that are stronger and more real than those things we can see and touch. We need to believe in hope and wishes coming true. We need to daydream and ponder all the most seemingly absurd possibilities in our lives. For it is only in these daydreams that a seed is sown and allowed to flourish into a beautiful garden.

kermit-the-frogThere are two important elements necessary to spawn a rainbow, rain and sunshine. Maybe the rain symbolizes the difficult times in our lives. Perhaps the sunshine represents the happy and joyous moments. In a rather fascinating combination of these symbolic elements, we only witness the beauty of a rainbow when both are present, the rain and the sunshine, the difficult and joyous times. Sometimes our lives seem to get turned upside down and thrown off-kilter. Could it be that we need to view a rainbow in the same way? For, if you look at a rainbow while upside down, it assuredly resembles a smile. A smile of hope, a wish for brighter days brimming with fulfilled dreams.

Life’s like a movie. Write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending. ~Kermit the Frog

Maybe a rainbow is nothing more than Mother Nature smiling down to let us know that sunshine is waiting on the far side of every storm in our lives. So, the next time you see a rainbow, may it be a reminder to keep the magic of your inner child alive in your heart. Smile back and you may just make your own rainbow connection.



20 thoughts on “The rainbow connection

  1. Niki Richardson August 30, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    As someone who is pursuing a seemingly impossible daydream at the moment! I thank you for this validation!! As always Dave- a beautifully written post!

    • davecenker August 30, 2013 / 1:35 pm

      Thank you Niki, I am happy that you enjoyed it 🙂 May all your impossible dreams become reality 😉

      • Niki Richardson August 30, 2013 / 1:36 pm

        Oh they will Dave! Beyond any shadow of doubt! They will! Thanks again for the Friday morning inspiration!

  2. Niki Richardson August 30, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Lifestyle DIVA and commented:
    I’m on a journey to find my pot of gold at the end of my rainbow- it’s been fraught with torrential showers and occasional peeks of sunshine- but yes- for the very first time I’ve been able to wrap my mind around a very seemingly impossible goal that is now shouting out to me- ‘Impossible’ simply means I’m possible!

    • davecenker August 30, 2013 / 1:37 pm

      I love that perspective, impossible really means I’m possible 🙂 Brilliant! Thank you for the ray of sunshine and burst of inspiration!

  3. MRS N, the Author August 30, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    I really loved this post, Dave, and I must admit that I have read it four times. Each time, I have been inspired by something new. The wonder of nature is a beautiful thing and like the ebb and flow of the ocean, our brains cannot fathom it. We let go and let our childlike wonder escape. What an amazing thing!

    Like Niki Richardson, I am pursuing a life-long daydream in writing my first book. Faith is really key to pursuing your dreams. Without faith, I would have never taken the leap!

    Thank you for reminding me that life is a rainbow… you only have to let go and believe. 🙂

    • davecenker August 30, 2013 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you for your always insightful and thoughtful feedback. I am happy to provide some reflective opportunities along with a splash of inspiration courtesy of Mother Nature 😉 Have an inspired week and I look forward to catching up on all your wonderful posts when I return from my own two week nature connection in the Smoky Mountains 🙂

      • MRS N, the Author August 30, 2013 / 2:50 pm

        Have a terrific vacation in the Smoky Mountains! They are truly beautiful! 🙂 Stay inspired!

  4. apartmentwife August 30, 2013 / 4:16 pm

    this is such a wonderful post.. maybe your best yet? i picture you and your wife discussing the rainbow connection on the big screen — the whole moment seems so real. also, thanks for introducing me to the song — i hadn’t heard of it either 🙂

    • davecenker August 31, 2013 / 9:53 am

      I’m happy to have spread the Muppets love across the miles 😉 Thank you for your wonderful comments and have an inspired day!

  5. billyanderson74 September 4, 2013 / 9:09 am

    I’m 38 years old and I heard this song when I was very young. The chorus has been stuck in my head periodiacally ever since. Throughout the years, I have asked several people if they remembered it. None have until now. Inspiring. Thanks.

    • davecenker September 16, 2013 / 8:42 am

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. It is certainly a simple, yet profound song that allows many different images and thoughts to dance through the mind. I am very happy that you enjoyed it and that it ignited a spark from childhood. Have an inspired day!

  6. MarquitaHerald (@MarquitaHerald) September 5, 2013 / 5:40 pm

    Well Dave you’ve written about two of my very favorite things – Kermit and rainbows. 🙂 What a wonderful article, and I so agree. In fact you’ve reminded me of one of my favorite quotes, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning to dance in the rain.! thanks so much for the inspiration.

    • davecenker September 16, 2013 / 8:45 am

      Thank you very much Marty for your thoughtful comments. After just returning from a two week long vacation in the mountains, it is apropos that I see a comment left from one of the people who got me started down this wonderful self-discovery path of writing. I am happy that I was able to stir up some wonderful visions and I love the quote you have added to the discussion. Thank you for your continued inspiration and have an awesome day!

    • davecenker September 16, 2013 / 8:50 am

      Thank you Melissa for your kind words. I very much enjoyed your story about rainbows. I truly believe that we find what we look for, what we are open to discovering and you have certainly made a special connection with a special person through your awareness. Thank you for sharing your story and for providing such and insightful addition to this post. Have an inspired day filled with rainbows of all kinds 😉

  7. Sara Ann September 16, 2013 / 11:55 am

    Love. Great to see you are doing well Dave. Have to love the calling of nature, we can never venture far from it. Namaste

    • davecenker September 16, 2013 / 12:33 pm

      Absolutely, no matter where you venture, nature is always around you waiting to be embraced. Thank you for your always thoughtful and insightful comments 🙂

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