Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Adventures of Rainbows

The other day I was having a “blah” day, where things just weren’t quite working out as they should, and I became really pensive and started my end-of-the-year ruminating early. I started having those “doubts” that I think every entrepreneur has, wondering if I was making the right choice of continuing to move forward, even in the face of what sometimes seems to be insurmountable adversity. I feel fairly confident in knowing and believing I’m on the right path, but the hardest part of my day is trying to keep getting back up every time I fall down. 

I was thinking all these thoughts on a rainy day right before Thanksgiving, and I was dragging myself to get through the list of errands I had to run. Just then, on my way out into the parking lot, at about 25 minutes before sunset, I saw a rainbow. It was breath-taking! I was immediately drawn to a happy place and it was a spectacular phenomenon to witness. Everyone walking in and out of that parking lot took note of it, and some people even came from outside of the building to see it. It managed to put a smile on even the most sour faces that day, and I took that little moment as an opportunity to learn a lesson.

First, for all the unremarkable sunsets I’ve seen in my lifetime due to my propensity for pulling overnighters, I have seen a paucity of real rainbows in my life, so much as, that seeing one definitely rests in my mind as a rare occurrence.

Second, in my haste to get about the errands I had to run for the day, I actually failed to charge my cell phone, and for me, that’s such a rarity, because I keep my phone charged 90% of the time I have it on me. The fact that it wasn’t charged then was a fluke, and sure enough, when I first ventured out, I thought I should start charging my phone during my drive from location to location, but I didn’t. When I saw that rainbow, and it’s beautifully breathtaking display, I immediately wanted to take a picture of it, but when I took out my phone and turned on the camera, the low battery light came on, and I wasn’t able to.

The two things I learned the most from this experience was that:

1) Great things can happen at any moment and take you by surprise and be totally uplifting in the process, and 
2) if you aren’t ready when the opportunity hits you, you’ll regret it.

For me, a person who plans to plan with back-up plans just in case, this low-power cell phone debacle surely smarts, but it was a great reiteration of a message I needed to hit home: ALWAYS BE PREPARED!

So my question to you is: When’s the last time you’ve seen a rainbow? 
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