Be a Rainbow

Like all good elementary schools, my kids’ school halls are decorated with artwork made from small hands and creative minds. Spending a fair amount of time in the building, I love to linger, drinking in the color and effort of the blooming artists.

Elementary aged kids all believe they are artists and writers and musicians. I love that so much.

Currently, the hall is adorned with sweet rainbows. The colors cheer my eyes. What makes me smile is that, in the middle of the 8 by 10 rainbows is a quote from Maya Angelou.

Maya rainbow

Truly, I don’t believe this quote requires commentary. What it does require is for the reader to consider how he or she can try to be a joy in someone’s hardship. It could be as simple as a word of encouragement or a hug. It doesn’t take much. Just a little effort. I love that Maya used the word “try”.

That’s all it take some days.

So, tell me about a time someone tried to be a rainbow in your cloud? How did that change your mood/day/outlook? What are some ideas for spreading joy and mercy? I love to hear what you have to say. 

6 Comments on “Be a Rainbow

  1. I try to encourage other writers when I can, and more than once I’ve heard the response, “That was exactly what I needed today.” There are a lot of disappointments in life that we can be discouraged about, but God has bigger plans than we do. When we open our eyes to see His promises… there are rainbows everywhere. 🙂


  2. I KNOW I’ve walked past that sign before, but didn’t read it. LOVE it. Will definitely look more closely later this week.

    Sometimes just a smile, or a hug, is enough. I remember the first time I went to church after finding out about my husband’s brain tumor. It was eleven years ago, but I can STILL feel the hug a dear friend (a mutual one of ours, actually) gave me. I never wanted to let go. And it helped.

    Wonderful post, Susie.


  3. I have a dear friend in an assisted living home. I try to visit as often as I can. 2 years ago she was on her own and independent, now she needs help to stand. This bothers her so much. She was always the one who helped others and doesn’t enjoy being on the receiving end. I encourage her with the truth that she blesses others when she let’s them assist her, just like she used to be blessed when she gave others her time and talents. I remind her she is the daughter of a King who delights in her and enjoys when she graciously receives His love from others. She says she needs to hear this often as she is now so forgetful. No matter how down she is when I come for a visit, she is always laughing and smiling by the time I leave. She has been and continues to be such a blessing to me. And…when she prays, there is NOTHING wrong with her mind!


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