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Why are there so many songs about rainbows?

This magical interconnectedness that exists within us all is fascinating and wonderous and well, just plain cool.

Yesterday I went an actual place. Like not for an errand or an appointment but for fun. It felt so weird but exhilarating all at the same time. We were safe, and smart and wore masks and used our hand sanitizer but more importantly, we had fun. It felt like the moment the spring flowers start poking up through the garden after the longest winter, so I am glad all this freedom that rests on the horizon comes at a time when spring is also arriving. Very symbolic and very much on trend with another post I have brewing in my brain about all the signs and symbols that exist in nature, our bodies and the world about resonance. That is a post for another day.

The view from the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden in 2017

On our way home after a very long day away from my slippers, I was in a really good mood. As we were driving, I screamed in delight - the car next to us had a Hawaii license plate! We live in Buffalo, New York so the likelihood of that occurring was really low. And yes, Hawaii license plates have rainbows on them, and they are my most favorite and magical of signs, but this was about more than the rainbow.

Back in May 2019, my niece was graduating from college. My kids and I drove the 4 and a half hour drive to participate in the celebration. This was probably the first real celebratory event without my Mom - excluding the regular holidays of course - so that was heavy on us all but as they say, the show must go on. On the drive, I was reminded of when I was a kid and we would play road trip games like “I Spy” or the license plate game. We were not real strict about the rules but mostly the goal was to spot as many plates that were from outside our state as possible. I preferred this to the punch bug game because that game just had me getting punched a lot in the backseat of the car. Fast forward to 2019, and this time I had my daughter keep track of the license plates we found with a list.

We didn’t find them all as you might expect since we weren’t going that far and we never left the state. But since I sometimes take things a step too far, I kept the list going until we were done. And last night, Hawaii sealed the deal for me! I was so excited that I screamed. Dave was driving and was not nearly as excited to see the license plate as I was. Who doesn’t appreciate when the passenger in the car you’re driving lets out a good scream? I giggle as I write this although I am certain I would not have enjoyed that AT ALL.

So, what is my point in telling you that I still play the license plate game in my mid-40’s?

The very first thing I thought of was “HOW THE HELL DID THEY GET HERE FROM HAWAII?” Certainly, the car was shipped, I get it. But what are the series of events that had to line up for me to be in the car at the same time on the same road as the person who shipped their car from Hawaii and was driving around Western New York state in the evening in March? And, add to that, we took what I would consider a non-traditional way home. What made me look left and even notice this? And is it a coincidence that Hawaii was on that license plate, the last license plate in my 22 month long game? I love rainbows. My grandmother was born and raised in Hawaii. I love Hawaii. The list goes on and on, but I will add one more: on the way to the very first spiritually oriented workshop I ever attended at which I was certain I did NOT belong because who am I after all - I saw a Hawaii license plate. And when I got there, I sat next to a woman named Iris (the Greek goddess of Rainbows).

You do what you like with this. As for me, I am going to take it as a sign. Of exactly what, I am not sure. But I do know that there are no coincidences in this life. My instinct is that it’s the end of a cycle, that a new one is starting and that I am fully supported on my path. Spring is here, the pandemic appears to be slowing down and there is new energy in the ethers. For me personally, as I reflect on how much has changed in my life in the last 22 months, it has been a fuzzy and winding path that at times has felt like utter rubbish. There has been a lot of grief, Covid of course, a lot that’s been lost but also so much that has been gained. I stepped WAY outside my comfort zone, I left a job that I had once adored but had signaled to me my growth opportunities there had ended, and it was time to move on. I started another job, one that doesn’t feel quite like home but was far less stressful and has afforded me the time and space to follow my passions. I got certified to teach yoga, I started doing readings for people other than my family and friends, I started this blog, I made a website, I started studying astrology, I made new friends, found lots of teachers along the way and I found so much healing in all the blessings that have come my way. I also saw every single license plate in the USA.

And so I say thank you, person driving the car from Hawaii last night. You made me so happy, and I feel like I have accomplished a monumental project by not giving up on this seemingly innocuous quest of mine. This magical interconnectedness that exists within us all is fascinating and wonderous and well, just plain cool. Never doubt that every single thing you do, even if it is just a quick drive to get gas or run an errand, is absolutely impacting the lives of every single person along the way. And that is without even trying. Imagine if we actually tried? Hmmm. As always, my hope is that I have helped at least one person along my travels. Keep looking for the magic in every moment. Mahalo!

"Why are there so many

Songs about rainbows

And what's on the other side?

Rainbows are visions

But only illusions

And rainbows have nothing to hide

So we've been told and some choose to believe it

-Kermit The Frog

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