After 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.
There 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.