When darkness gives way to beauty..
I was up early this morning. A combination of very busy (and not altogether pleasant) dreams, and a poorly dog brought me to the land of the living over an hour before I usually wake up.
It was cold and grey outside; a complete contrast to the weather we’ve had lately, and it struck me how changeable things are. The weather forecast never seems to stay the same for more than about six hours (often differing depending on which website I choose to look at), and sometimes, within the space of an hour, we can have a combination of cloud, rain, and sunshine.
In a way, it made me think about the human psyche, and how our moods fluctuate from one moment to the next. One minute, we’re up on cloud 9, and the next, it’s like disaster has struck and we’ve hit rock bottom. At least, that’s what it’s like for me. .
The thing is, I often curse the low moments, and pray to only have the happy ones, but there is a quote I love, which always reminds me of why the bad times come:
“The soul can have no rainbows, unless the eyes have shed some tears”
This is so true. A rainbow can only occur when it has been raining. Without the rain, we would never get to see this beauty. The sun cannot produce it alone: nor can the rain create the colours without the sun.
This is where the impermanence of weather comes into play. The rapid change of weather allows for the rainbow, without which, our skies would be a far poorer sight.
So when life is hard, and things seem black, I try to remind myself that I just need to wait a little longer, and then, in time, a rainbow will appear.
Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.