The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. — Dolly Parton
Dolly has long been one of my favorite celebrities because of her unique personality and candor. This quote is typical of one of her “tell it like it is” expressions that rings so true. Today this sentiment has hit me on several levels.
First, it has rained most of the day. The house has been dark and cold and I’ve been feeling less than creative. More headachey than happy, more sleepy than energetic … but now, golden light is filling the window outside my office and the light behind the clouds is making them look enticing to my photographer’s eye. When I finish this post, I will head out the door to feed the horses and I promise to enjoy whatever Mother Nature has set up in the sky above.
Another current of thought that has run through my mind all day is the death of my father. He passed on this day 21 years ago. In some ways it feels like yesterday. In some ways it feels like it’s been a lifetime since I’ve seen him. And, oh God, how I miss him and my mother. After I feed the horses, I will take the short walk out across the pump pond dam to the small cemetery on our ranch and tell his headstone how much I miss the man it represents.
Finally, the past year has been very difficult for me in business and personally. I have had many changes — old relationships have fallen away or recreated themselves in new ways; old friendships have found new life; and new relationships have built themselves into my world — and I feel blessed for all the promise that is on the horizon. Today, I had a conference call to discuss many of the positive changes coming my way and now I feel like the sun is spinning my rainbow in the sky and soon bright multicolored light will guide the way to prosperity. All is well under the rainbow. 🙂
The photo above was taken in New Mexico in 2009.