Last week, as I drove home from work I had the unusual opportunity to drive through a series of rainbows. The rain was falling in a unique pattern that kept putting the rainbows across the road, one after another.
It made me nearly giddy with delight and the drive in a storm was made more pleasant by that realization.
Isn’t life a lot like that? You can be slogging through your day, trying to get everything on your “to do” list done, scrambling to make deadlines, attend meetings, finish projects. Then suddenly—something happens that turns into a “rainbow”.
At work, that’s often a moment to enjoy a joke, trade a favorite story or give someone a “high five” for an accomplishment. We’ve realized that all the little moments of doing what Larry David would call a “Stop and Chat” can add up to happiness breaks.
At home we try to make sure we build in fun even on days when the chores seem endless. My husband likes to sit out on our back porch and enjoy a libation. He calls it “beer-30”. My son will wander through the gardens, just enjoying the smell of the earth and the new growth.
I have a severe addiction to magazines. My favorite guilty pleasure is the supply of fashion and gossip magazines my daughter-in-law provides for me. A cup of coffee and half an hour to find out what the celebrities are wearing gives me a gossip fix.
Then we have our games, either on our Wii or old-fashioned board games. When we need to talk, out comes the Monopoly board. It takes a long time to play a complete round of Monopoly. And you can get caught up on what’s happening in your children’s lives.
But, my favorite rainbow moments are now spent with my darling Sophia, who is already a toddler at eighteen months old. She loves reading books, scribbling with markers and I recently introduced her to blowing bubbles.
And a bubble is really just a rainbow captured for a moment in a round container.
What are your rainbow moments?