Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Simple Things

We never know from one day to the next what type of day we will wake up and see. Questionable still is if we will wake up at all. Nothing is in our control, yet we take for granted the little things we enjoy without the tiniest bit of effort on our part. But today miraculously came anyway. What did you do to make it happen? We know the answer to that question… nothing whatsoever.
I speak of ‘hands-off’ blessings we are awarded because we need to wake up and smell the roses. Some of us are very fortunate to sail through the storms in our lives unscathed; others are not. A prime example is the fact that we have been inundated with rain- physically evident storms. Some people were not affected as others encountered having to be rescued, losing vehicles, and even homes flooded.
Metaphorically speaking, we all sometimes wake up to the rain in our lives. Whatever you are going through, someone else is going through something greater. “Concentrate on the rainbow after the storm.” This was my awakening one afternoon ‘after the rain.’

Just riding along one day, singing our little song
My grandson exclaimed, "Look a rainbow! It is sooo long!"
I glanced up to the sky, as I drove against the wind
"Let's follow it, he exclaimed, and see where it ends!"
Of course, I looked at him and said
"I don't think so, my son.
The end of a rainbow? Sweetie, there is none!"
Then the beauty of its colors
made curiosity get the best of me
As we drove I took pictures
and really wanted to see
Just where this rainbow might end
And of course, I knew we’d never find it
But the excitement on his face
made me feel adventurous, yet dumbfounded
To think- a child has this type of curiosity
And I've seen rainbows, many times over
I took its grandeur for granted
Never thought twice about it
Then I reminisced the childhood song
'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'
I knew it all was only fantasy
But my goodness, who knows?
Just where does this rainbow end?
So I told him about 'the pot of gold'
But that just made him even more excited
And said, "Let's go, let's go, let’s go!"
Through all of this, I was laughing
and delighted to know, as we sang
That this little escapade was our adventure
Free at will... The Simple Things

PJ Payne

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