Friday, August 27, 2010

Colors of the Rainbow

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people goin' by
I see friends shaking hands saying, "How do you do"
They're really saying "I love you."

I hear babies cry, I watch then grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know;
And I think to myself, What a wonderful world;
Yes, I think to myself, What a wonderful world.
Oh yeah!

--  Louis Armstrong--

To bad we are always in such a hurry. I used to love the hustle and bustle, and could keep up with the best of them, but we end up missing out on so much in life. Here in the city, everyone is always hustling and bustling to get where they need to go; then they complain about all the stress in their day and that have no time to go to relax.  Early fast-paced mornings, quick breakfasts or just a cup of coffee, and out the door to work. Then there are those frustrating, congested commutes to and from the work place. Stressful working conditions with people that we never take time to get to know.  Fortunately, as dysfunctional as my co-workers might be, we know each other well...all our little idiosyncrasies...and I am just as bad as the rest.  We all have our little quirks.  

Life in the city is often measured by our material acquisitions. We are so busy looking for the 'pot of gold' that we forget to look at the rainbow.  I was never so materialistic that I couldn't appreciate my surroundings, but, my goodness, I sure did know how to keep the pace up with the rest of them.  Hubby hated to go shopping with me, and I can count the fingers on one hand the times he attempted to accompany me.  I just didn't know how to slow up; there was just too much to do, too much I wanted to do.  But, there comes a time in everyone's life where the mind may be in a hurry, but the body just won't keep up with it...and that's not always a bad thing; in fact, for me it was a blessing.

Slowing up has allowed me to appreciate the beauty of the world around take time to smell the roses, to the cool breeze upon my face, to cherish those breathtaking sunsets with their brilliant hues of orange and violet, snowy white clouds and a clear blue sky....the moon in all Her glory.  These are some of the things we miss when we move too quickly through life.  We must stop running....and start paying attention.

"Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow." --Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You


  1. Wonderful post. I often forget to slow down but I am trying to.



  2. here here... wish you a slow leisurly weekend... filled with all kinds of blessings...

  3. We moved out of London to get away from the chaos. I'm not as rural as I'd like to be (yet) but I love the slower pace. Hope you have a peaceful weekend :-)

  4. Seems like the hurrieder I go, the behinder I get. ;0)
    My mind says you did this many times before, but my body says different. sigh!

  5. So much, in our world, seems tuned to FAST! Makes it so hard for people to realize that today's slower, isn't really slow. It's yesterday's normal speed.

    But with *everyone* tuned to FAST, how hard it is, to slow back down, to *normal*...........

    And will today's kids, ever, even know it?

  6. Synchronicity! The songwriter who wrote "It's a Wonderful World" just passed away a couple of days ago (it was in the newspapers). That song is such a beautiful legacy to leave!

  7. Did you see the double rainbow on yellowdoggrannys blog site?
    It was on Utube.
    Check it out. :0)
    In my opinion ...the person experiencing that sight was profoundly moved ...but others thought different with their comments.
    To each their own!

  8. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone slowed down? They really don't get any more done in a day other than raising their stress level and missing out on so much.