Today, I found myself in the midst of some particularly challenging conversations. Financial, spiritual, and relational topics all surfaced, and each took a toll on me. It felt reminiscent of a day in 2012.
Back in 2012, just days after welcoming my son Quba into the world, I had to dive headfirst into work. My business, the National Accountancy Network, was my brainchild, providing independent chartered accountants with new business opportunities. Our team, diligently working even during the festive season, anticipated their wages on the 1st of January. However, a hefty and unexpected electricity bill threw us off, and I had to face the painful task of informing my team about the payment delay. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, I reached out to our networked accountants, asking for advance payments. I was vulnerable, humbled, and at one of the lowest moments in my professional journey.
On stepping out of the office that day, eyes clouded with tears, I saw a rainbow. It felt like a beacon, a sign. Fast forward to today. After a series of tough conversations, my sons excitedly drew my attention to another rainbow. History repeating itself, perhaps?
So, what does a rainbow really signify?
In Christian teachings, the rainbow symbolizes God’s promise to never flood the Earth again.
According to Irish legends, a rainbow leads to a leprechaun’s pot of gold, signifying luck and fortune.
In Greek mythology, the rainbow is considered a pathway made by a messenger between Earth and Heaven.
Norse tales view the rainbow as the Bifröst bridge, connecting Earth to the home of the gods.
Buddhism believes rainbows symbolize the highest state attainable before enlightenment.
For the LGBTQ+ community, the rainbow flag proudly represents diversity, acceptance, and pride.
They say after a storm comes a rainbow. Today served as a vivid reminder of that. Whenever you face a challenging day and then see a rainbow, take it as a sign.
Life has a way of reassuring us that things can, and often do, get better.
Stay hopeful and cherish every rainbow you come across.