Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud: The Timeless Wisdom of Dr Maya Angelou

 

 

“I’ve had a lot of clouds. But I have had so many rainbows”

~ Dr Maya Angelou

I know this applies to me, particularly at the moment.  As a woman of a certain age, life currently swings between highs and lows.  I should say that there are plenty of ‘in between’ times, when life is calm and peaceful.  But every now and then, something I have come to know as Melancholy sneaks up on me, dragging me down to its level.  Happily, I am rarely in the grip of Melancholy for very long – sometimes only a few hours.  But while I am there, it can be difficult to see life in any way other than utterly hopeless.

It is of great comfort to me, therefore, to listen to the powerful wisdom of Dr Maya Angelou, as she reflects on her view of life:

“I don’t ever feel I have no help.  I’ve had rainbows in my clouds”

I love Dr Maya’s view that all those people who have ever been kind to her can be called on by her when she feels she needs help and support.  These are her ‘rainbows’, which she can gather around her in times of need.  I like being reminded that I also have plenty of rainbows on whom I can call when need be.

In return, counsels Dr Maya, we should work to provide this kind of support to others:

“And the thing to do…is prepare yourself, so that you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.  Somebody who may not look like you;…may not eat the same dishes prepared the way you do; may not dance your dances or speak your language.  But be a blessing to somebody.”

So, next time you find yourself in a cloud, dwell not on its size, weight or density.  Rather, look through the fog to the myriad rainbows which sparkle there for you.  Think of yourself as your own rainbow too – switch any negative self-talk to a voice of kind, loving support.

And, of course, find a way to be someone else’s rainbow too. 😊🌈

 

The best of moments is now…..

img_0178

 

Thank you for all your good wishes about my eye, which I am pleased to report is now heaps better.

I was surprised at how very completely my daily routine and rhythm was disrupted by this enforced period of down-time.  Despite having written posts for this blog steadily throughout 2016 so far, I was all too easily deflected from resuming any form of momentum.

However, after a particularly full-on couple of days this week, I realised that two of my core ‘grounding’ activities were missing: creativity in some form, and blogging.

I am so grateful for access to a very wide range of wise and supportive material in my life.  I was flicking through a magazine and the quote above was right at the end.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that it had been placed there for me to read at that exact moment, as a beautiful reminder to step back, calm down and enjoy the moment.

I look forward to catching up with all your blogs over the coming week and I send out much love and hugs to everyone. 🙂