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Motivation From the Colors of the Rainbow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow suggests in The Rainy Day poem that everyone will experience rainy days:
"Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary."
During those days, if we are not in a physical position to see a rainbow, the picture or memory of a rainbow can lift our spirits by putting color in our rainy days.
The messages in the seven rainbow colors are intended to motivate us and make us smile despite the weather—literal or metaphorical.
(1) Red: Color of Passion
Do we see the various colors in the rainbow, or do we just see its form in the sky? For, if we notice the red, the first color of the rainbow, our spirits would be charged to reflect its brightness.
- It is the color of passion.
- It excites our emotions.
- It stimulates our physical appetites.
- It boosts our enthusiasm and our ambition.
- It motivates us to live our lives to the fullest.
The rainbow itself is the pot of gold. We do not realize this at first glance, but after we have expended the full range of our appreciation, we discover the treasure that it is.
(2) Orange: Color of Optimism
Look up to the sky. You'll never find rainbows if you're looking down. – Charlie Chaplin
“I'd rather see the world as a rainbow than endless shade of gray.” - Amani Abbas
“Don't look back. Keep moving forward. . . The pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow, not the beginning” - Ziad K. Abdelnour
“When thunderstorms roll in . . . succumb with tears to the gloomy downpour or smile and look for rainbows.” -Richelle E. Goodrich
We do not automatically see the rainbow. I was five years old when I learned how not to miss it. The rain had stopped, and my cousin who lived next door shouted for me to come outside and look. I ran outside shouting “Where? Where?” She kept pointing and I kept looking, to no avail.
Finally, she spun me around and in the process, taught me the lesson of a lifetime, which is applicable both literally and figuratively: those who see the rainbow position themselves to see it.
Optimistic hearts accept that there is purpose in the sunshine, and in the rain. We can choose to appreciate both. There is nothing despairing about the rain when we view it as a precondition for the rainbow.
(3) Yellow: Color of Wisdom
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Yellow is the lightest color of the rainbow. It is the color of sunshine, inspiring wisdom and clear thinking. It motivates creativity and new ideas.
When we are in a sunshine mood, we find plenty to do for ourselves and for others. There is no time for anxiety about missing a rainbow.
Wisdom dictates that we focus on the pursuit of our purpose, which includes our responsibilities to our dependents. In the process of cheerfully sharing and caring, we receive the surprise of the rain and the rainbow.
Wisdom also dictates that when the rainbow appears, we help position others to see it.
(4) Green: Color of Growth
Green, the middle color of the rainbow is the color of growth—reproduction, renewal, restoration. It signifies progress in all areas of our lives, including health and wealth. The more we grow, the more we affect growth in others.
Often, our growth motivates others to persevere through their periods of barrenness. We become the rainbow in their cloud when we inspire their hopes and dreams. The proof of personal growth is intentional influence on the growth, beauty and wisdom in the lives of other individuals.
5. Blue: Color of Peace
(Hear Chaplain's song in video at the end of this article.)
In her later years, my grandmother developed a bent posture. It bothered me so much that once, I asked her to try straightening up.
“Child,” she answered, “after a while, it is easier to bend lower in surrender to the pain.”
Some problems encourage us to develop a downward gaze (literal or metaphorical), and all we can see below us are reasons to complain. We feed on chaotic thoughts, and fuel conflicts in our minds. The remedy is to fix our mental gaze upwards – to the hills, to the skies, to the rainbow which can inspire peace and renewal.
My grandmother did, and demonstrated an inner peace which none could dispute.
(6) Indigo: Color of Intuition
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We can choose our view of the rainbow. We can move backward or forward, tilt our heads or even shade our eyes, until what we see matches the image in our minds. For, the rainbow in our minds is created by our awareness that we influence the beauty we see.
The God who put the beauty in the rainbow also put beauty within us. We have the ability to look at our circumstances with gray lenses, or with lenses we create with colors from the rainbow. Be aware that we have a choice of lenses through which we can see the world.
(7) Violet: Color of Harmony
Chaplain's Rainbow Inspiration
Violet, the last color of the rainbow is believed to inspire spirituality. It is the combination of red and blue, symbolizing the harmony of passion and peace.
Sometimes, it takes incidents in the natural world—thunderstorms, ice storms, tropical storms and more to harmonize passion and peace in human interaction.
In our personal lives, it takes internal storms created by our conflict of passions, to drive our search for inner peace and harmony.
Prayer to the Creator God (not to a created god) allows Him to put the rainbow in our hearts, where its harmonious beauty can color our days in sunshine, rain, or any condition in between. What a perfect color choice for the ending of the rainbow!
Imagine a rainbow when you cannot see one, and be motivated by the messages in its colors.
Sources for Colors and Their Meanings
(1) Oleson, Jacob: Color Meanings, Colors of the Rainbow and Their Meanings, Copyright 2014.
(2) Scott-Kemmis, Judy: Color Psychology, Understanding the Meanings of Color in Color Psychology, Copyright 2009 - 2014.
© 2014 Dora Weithers