When you think of rainbows you think of harmony, but apparently it wasn’t always so! I’m glad they resolved their differences, and their story leaves me with hope that the rest of the world will follow.

Diversity, inclusion, tolerance, acceptance and appreciation are all great words, but it’s the action behind them that holds the power in creating a society that thrives.

Here’s the Rainbow Story…

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The Rainbow Story

Based on an old native legend.

Once upon a time each of the colors in the world was trying to be accepted for what they were. They pointed out their strengths, hoping that they would be considered the favorite. They all wanted to be respected and appreciated for who they were, but felt other colors were attempting to dominate the spectrum and gain the spotlight. For instance…

Green proclaimed: “I am clearly the best color. I’m the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for every blade of grass, every leaf on a tree, and without me all animals would have nothing to graze on. Just look out over the countryside and you’ll see that I’m everywhere.”

Blue jumped in and said: “There’s so much more to this world than the Earth! Consider the sky and sea. Water is the basis of all life and is drawn up to the sky from the deep sea where the clouds recycle it onto all your greenery. Without me your green would not exist! The blue sky also provides the sun, which is the energy of the earth, and its moon and stars provide peace and serenity. Clearly I’m the most important color.”

Then Yellow chimed in . “You are all too serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth to everyone. Just look… the sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, and the stars are yellow. My sunflowers and buttercups bring happiness and make the whole world smile. My color lights up the eyes of the world. Without me, the world would be a dull and dreary place .”

Orange began to feel left out and spoke next. “I’m the color of health and strength. I’m the most precious because I support the needs of human life. I may not be as prominent as other colors, but I am certainly no less important and I carry the vitamins that support life on earth. Without carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangos, and so many other orange foods the world would lose its energy and vitality and would die. I may not be everywhere, but when I fill the sky at sunrise and sunset, my beauty is so striking that the rest of you are forgotten for a time.”

Red had to have its say too. It shouted: “I am the ruler of all of you. I am blood! Life’s blood. I’m the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire to the blood! I’m the color of passion and love, the red rose, the poppy and the poinsettia. Without me, the earth would be as lifeless as the moon!”

Purple rose up above all the others and spoke with a commanding voice: “I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am a sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me. They obey, and the world need leaders like me.”

Finally, Indigo spoke, although much more calmly than all the others but with just as much determination: “Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me, you all become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace. Without me you’d all wreak havoc on each other. “

And so all the colors went on boasting and quarreling, each convinced of their own superiority. Soon, their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening! Thunder rolled and boomed! Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in fear drawing close to one another for comfort.

In the midst of the clamor, a Voice began to speak: “You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don’t you know you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me.”

Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands. The Voice continued: “From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of colors as a reminder that you are all important and you can all live in peace. Let the rainbow be a sign of hope for tomorrow.”

And so, whenever a good rain washes the world and a rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.

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