There was a song my mom used to play for us kids. It was on a cassette tape. The song was rather simple.
“When it rains, look for the rainbow. You can watch clouds go by and be glad. When it rains, look for the rainbow. It will show up so no need to be sad, feel bad.”*
It was one of the softer, less peppy songs on the tape, but it is one of the songs I think of most when living in Western Oregon. In case you didn’t know, it rains a bit in Western Oregon. (And no, Western Oregon is not its own state. I only say this because I recently watched a Friends episode in which Joey puts South Oregon as a state. It’s not, ya’ll. We have one state, but there are different sides of our state and I just happen to live on the Western side, closer to the Pacific Ocean where there are fewer cows and less wide-open fields than there are on the Easter side. Also, our newspapers are a bit more leftist than on the Eastern side.) To survive this weather, you need rain gear including rubber boots and umbrellas, though some of us just tough it out and dry-off indoors. We Oregonians are survivors and that’s really what the song is about. It’s teaching kids to look for bright, beautiful colors in the sky that will make them happy and forget about rain, but it’s also teaching them to look for the silver linings. Life does and will get us down. That’s just fact. (Would it be nice to live in a perfect world? Sure. But there is no such thing and I still haven’t figured out how to become a Disney princess character so that’s out too.) It’s important to look on the bright side; find the positive. When you’re having a sucky day, fix it by focusing on something that makes you happy. I’m not talking about finding things that make you empty. That’s not the same thing. You’ve got to find the things that illustrate the beauty and awesomeness in life. That, my friends, is the rainbow you’re looking for.
Tata for now.
* This song is available on iTunes. It’s part of the “I Am God’s Project” Album.