Rainbows have always stopped me in my tracks, even as an adult. The riches of a rainbow exist with or without a pot of gold at the end. The double-arched rainbow I saw the other day was unlike any I have ever seen. Cars on the road slowed to get a better glimpse. The sight was entrancing and captivating. People stood in awe with eyes wide and mouths agape. Other than the “oohs” and “awes,” to escape lips, most people were speechless. No painting or photograph could capture the intense beauty or feelings of gratitude that came with seeing such magnificence.
Those of us fortunate enough to see the double rainbow were not richer, but we were enriched. Rainbows offer significance and value to people in various ways, promise, beauty, hope. The conditions have to be just right for the array of colors to appear, but no scientific explanation cannot lessen the value of a rainbow. Rainbows capture our attention and help us refocus. Observers briefly pause to enjoy a few moments of peace and beauty. The tranquility in these moments is priceless.
Rainbows serve as reminders that there is richness and beauty in the world. Every time a rainbow is spied, minds entertain the notion of where the ends land and if there is a pot of gold to be found. We never stop imagining the riches if we could just find the end of the rainbow. After seeing the ends of the rainbow before me the other day I now understand a pot of gold isn’t where the riches are. The riches of a rainbow are the rainbow itself. There is no way a person can’t feel richer when witnessing a rainbow.