Sunday, October 16, 2011

An Unexpected Gift

Let me begin by saying I'm not a fan of Oprah.  There's just too many things I don't like about her.  All to do with actions, actually.  Loved her in her very early years.  Not so much now.  However, I was directed to her website by my good friend Leanne over at From Chaos Comes Happiness.  What made me take that trip was the subject:  What I Know For Sure.

And I have to say, Oprah's on target with what she knows for sure!

Lately, it seems that some of my blogging buddies are struggling with a crisis in their lives.  Some are quite angry with what they have to say.  And I know some of it is just venting.  I get that.  We all need to vent.  But if I could stand in front of them, look them in the eye, give them a hug, I'd probably throw some of Oprah's "knows for sure" statements at them.  And hope that they really listen.  Things like, "What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what."  Or "You define your own life.  Don't let other people write your script."

And to that point, I want to share with you a gratitude moment I had.  My PG called me the other day and asked if I saw the rainbow.  Yes, I'm a rainbow freak!!  Take pictures of them all the time.  So I looked to the east and saw the right side of a rainbow.  Full spectrum.  ROYGBIV and beyond!!!  GORGEOUS!! 


So I grabbed the camera and ran outside to get pics.  And that's when I saw it.  The left side. 


Sitting before me was a complete, full spectrum rainbow.  I don't remember ever seeing one this big.  So wide I couldn't capture it in one shot. 

WOW!!  Just what I needed!!  Not sure what I've done to deserve it, but I must be doing something right!  And I know it wasn't there just for me.  But if you aren't grateful enough for things around you, you're likely to miss a gift that just happened to show up for your enjoyment!!

This has been a beautiful autumn this year.  Colors on some trees, others hanging on to their green a bit longer.  Plenty of sunshine to enjoy those colors.  We have truly been blessed in the Midwest. 

With that, I leave you with a quote by Rose Kennedy: 

"Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments." 


Laura said...

Oh PK --- I love this post -- and what GREAT photos!!! I've never seen a full-spectrum thingy rainbow, so I so appreciated the photos. Great post! (CT loved the photos too!)

Ms. A said...

It's always nice to have reminders! Beautiful rainbow.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, Peggy, it makes my heart feel good to read a post like this. Just open yourself up and turn to all the beauty around you, look at the large, magnificent world and let some of those people problems shrink away. It's not always that easy, of course, but it can help one filter out the small stuff.

Leanne said...

Yes, Oprah does have some good things on that list, doesn't she? I absolutely love that you captured the rainbow . . . From start to finish, beautiful. Thank you for sharing your gratitude moment with us. I am trying to find gratitude moments (like this) every single days. They are there for all of us, I believe. I just need to have my eyes open to see them. Hugs, my friend.