We often talk of the seven colours of the rainbow, primary colours and secondary colours. A rainbow has always fascinated me a a child (apart from being the most colourful picture in the science text book). I always wanted to see a rainbow and would stand in the balcony immediately after the rain (irrespective whether it was sunny or not). This nature’s glory is always on my mind when it rains during the day. Soon I started associating a Rainbow to life. When it rains it dark and cloudy, the sun comes out as a relief and so does the rainbow with its seven colours. Nature has its way of communicating, one must comprehend.
Wikipedia defines it :
“A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multi-coloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.”
A rainbow is beautiful and so are you. The beauty of a human being is reflected amidst chaos, after a storm, when things settle you remember that one person who was compassionate and patient throughout. Stand out as a rainbow and win over the situation. In French, réflechir means to think/rethink/mull over a situation. Here too the spectrum of light appearing is caused by reflection.
Seven is a number associated with several thoughts.
- Stephen Covey, a coveted author writes about the seven habits of highly effective people.
- The Seven Contrary Virtues which are specific opposites to the Seven Deadly Sins: Humility against pride, Kindness against envy, Abstinence against gluttony, Chastity against lust,Patience against anger, Liberality against greed, and Diligence against sloth.
- Seven days of the week.
- The hindu to-be-wed couple takes seven rounds around the sacred fire.
There are many many more references to the number 7, with minimal googling, I conclude that The Rainbow is the prized one colouring our lives and helping us stand up for ourselves.