“Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.” E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
“My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky.” William Wordsworth
When I lived in Silverdale, frequently rain squals dashed across Dyes Inlet. They managed to appear right in front of our house as if it was a sign from the Gods! This is the view from our back deck. I always believed that the “Pot of Gold” was hiding down in the bushes on my neighbor’s property. I was soooo tempted to run down and snope around their yard. I just knew I would find a Leprechan hiding their treasure. Did you know that the Vikings are said to have hidden their plunder around Ireland? The rainbow signifies the hiding place.
Since Poulsbo, a Viking town, neighbors Silverdale I am convinced that a few sneaky Vikings have forgotten their long lost pots of gold on our hillsides. I’ll have to go purchase a metal detector. But one treasure that I always see with the rainbow is a smile.
My heart instantly is aglow when a rainbow pops up in front of me. The radiant colors bring joy to my heart and the world seems to be a better place.
The days the rainbow hides from my view the bay is often obscured by fluffy white clouds. Watching the cloudy wonderland I envision Pete’s Dragon rising from the mist. Since the hillside housed the Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow, heaven’s knows what other creatures existed near that pot to sneak out from time to time. Now, I did see a unicorn disguised as a deer down in the cul-de-sac one day. It popped out to inspect its’ lands, looked around, and then disappeared back into the foliage as if magic. I think it was magic! But rainbows are magic.
R – Rhythm
“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” Michael Jackson
“Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune.” Deepak Chopra
Picture provided by D. Sharon Pruitt
Rhythm surrounds us. There is the rhythm of our hearts, the clocks, the rain or hail against our houses, and the beat of instruments. Watch the branches dancing to the rhythm of the wind. Listen to the rhythm of the crashing waves on our sandy beaches.
Are you aware of the rhythm of the day? You arise full of energy ready to run off and face the world. Or you had a bad night’s sleep and the rhythm of your body is tired and slow. Rhythm is essential to keep us going and working.
Think back to the Vikings rowing from shore to ancient shore. The rhythm of the oars hitting the water was critical. A drummer sat in the tail of their vessel pounding a drum creating a beat meant to keep the rowers on a steady motion. If a paddler’s rhythm was off he would impact the rhythm of the other crew members. Then if the ship hit a huge wave the wave could direct them in another direction. Rhythm was crucial to reaching their destination and goals.
Even today’s sculling races have a person in the stern calling out strokes. Rhythm in everyday life is essential.
It is said that if we are “off our rhythm” that our day or activities are not going well. Especially, if you watch dancers, it is critical they move to the rhythm of the music so they don’t crash into one another. Years ago I took ballroom dancing lessons. I LOVE music and dance… any kind of dance. My instructor was teaching me the East Coast Swing and we were quickly moving to the rhythm of the music. I was headed backwards when the heel on my shoe caught the t-strap on my other shoe. You might say I ‘lost my rhythm’ as I didn’t have a leg to stand on so I went flying backwards, crash-landing onto the hardwood floor. This is an abrupt way to put an end to one’s rhythm for the day.
Life, flowers, plants, trees, everything follows a rhythm… of the seasons, of germination, of life. Everyone experiences the beat to their own drummer. It is critical that we follow the rhythm that works for each of us so we don’t crash land into the floor as I did. One important note: If you do have a harsh meeting with the floor, make sure you turn and pick yourself up so you can move on. Don’t lose your rhythm.