Rainbow:  n. A bow or arc of prismatic colors appearing in the Heavens opposite the sun and caused be the refraction and reflection of the sun’s rays in drops of rain. // A visionary goal.

Now that’s a defining moment, in anyone’s life.  “A visionary goal”.  It seems like the ultimate goal, a visionary goal.  I think that there’s so many ways to look at your Rainbow; is that the only thing that you want to achieve in your life?  Then what comes after, I mean what comes after the largest thing that you wanted to achieve in your life, that ONE achievement? I try to look at the rainbow from a different perspective.  I’m amazed at the diameter of a rainbow, the distance of a rainbow, the magnitude of a rainbow; the definition says that it “appears in the Heavens” so I think, sure, why not make our goals high and mighty?  I do, but I also have to realize that a rainbow is a multitude of colors; so that makes me think that I DO have a number of goals, and if they come together, wouldn’t that constitute the makings of a rainbow.  I try to think so.  My life has changed, as with everybody else; we all have had changes in our lives.  We all have to adjust, and adapt to a change in our life, but maybe it just means that now we have to take the yellow color, rather than following the red.  They go to the same place, and they reach the same outcome that we were going for.  As Vince Lombardi said, (one of the greatest NFL coaches who WAS a perfectionist), “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence”.

Do you think that chasing another color means that you might have failed chasing the red?  No, I personally don’t think so.  We all fail; we have to fail.  When you fail, you learn something, you learn how to win, to “change colors”.  Another NFL coach, Bum Phillips, said, “You fail all the time, but you aren’t a failure, until you start blaming someone else”.  I think that that is SO true.  I’ll be the first one to admit about the number of times that I “failed”, but it got to a point where I had to look at the situation, see the “color change”, and learn from it; I will still end up where the rainbow ends.  Blaming someone else, what does THAT prove?  It simply means that we are looking the other way, not looking at the problem(s), and if you are not looking at the rainbow, you miss the ending!  Following the rainbow, to me means to always, unconditionally, follow your heart.  That takes persistence, and hard work, but isn’t that the forum from where the rainbow comes from, “from Heaven”?   Work hard, the colors are going up, up, and up! We always feel good when we see success from hard work, because of the effort brings on a self confidence, a lightness!  Let your own light shine, you will automatically, ( and unconsciously) give other people permission to do the same!  The colors change, even on the way down;  but the ending is still the same, your goal!

I try to remember the rainbow throughout a day; oh I miss a few days, but I try to get back to what it means, to achieve what I wish to achieve.  Example; my book has taken about a year longer than I expected, but we’re finishing it up, and by the way, I’ve changed a few colors along the way, so maybe I wasn’t ready to get it out last year.  That was the color change, but we still end up in the same pot of gold!  Guess what, I might have to go after another color, but that’s just our life, changing when we see a street that ends; back up and change lanes!

I don’t know if this blog would have come out 10 years ago. Is it the wisdom of age, (maybe NOT on that!) or having something like a brain tumor, which brought on the concept of a book, and of course, this blog!  Color changing, I have no other option.  I have been a speaker to groups of people, I’m now at UCLA volunteering my time to talk to patients who have experienced the same type of injury that I have had to deal with.  I’ve become a mentor to a few non-profit groups which deal as support groups; kind of the same format as what I do at UCLA.  Where does all of this lead?  To the end of the rainbow.  I’ve had people that I barely know that are helping my cause; why?  I’ve changed colors.  I’ve had a few people join my ride, in various forms.  This goes back to following my heart, the rainbow, and trying to get to that pot of gold.

So go ahead, make YOUR rainbow, and shine with it!  Let everyone know what you’re doing, and lead them onto their rainbow, and remember, change those colors; the more the merrier!

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh oh

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,
Oh why, oh why can’t I?


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