Two men were sitting on a wall, talking. One smiled gently, as a light rain sprinkled over them. The other ran his mouth incessantly. They had been friends for many years.
As the gentle storm made its way north, a rainbow began to form in the sky. It was beautiful and vibrant as the shades of yellow and red faded into deeper blues and near purples.
The quiet man began to smile.
“Why are you smiling, Jim?” his friend asked.
“It’s beautiful, Joe,” Jim said, pointing.
Joe turned and looked out across the town he’d lived in for so long. He had seen hundreds of rainbows in his life but rarely had he taken the time to appreciate them. He quieted as he stopped for the first time that day.
He remembered the stories about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. A childish urge swelled up in him to hop off the wall and go running for the place where the rainbow meets soil.
A strange thought hit him. How often had he run to find the illusory happiness in money or fortune only to miss the actual treasure of the rainbow?
Our lives are filled with rainbows: beautiful, fascinating, and wonderful events, circumstances, and trials. We tend to believe that at the end of these challenges, we will find happiness in the form of money, fame, or fortune. We are wrong.
It is in sitting on the wall and watching the rainbow that we can finally be present and allow that peace, which was always here, to flow right over us.
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