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I Saw the End of the Rainbow

The dawn of the morning awakened me with a sliver of light that seeped through my hotel drapes and splayed across my bedcovers. Sleepy-eyed, but ready to awaken with the morning sun, I sat up slowly on the side of the bed and reached for the drapery rod to open the drapes.

My eyes widened as my mouth dropped to see a full rainbow cover most of the sky. I stared at it for a few seconds, observing the splendor of colors. Then my eyes dropped to the ground as I followed the rainbow that ended in the parking lot beneath my 16th floor observation level at the hotel. I saw the end of the rainbow as it lingered over one spot for a brief few minutes.

The Rainbow’s End

I always wondered what the end of a rainbow looked like. Most of the children’s stories I have read talked about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As I grew older, there were times I felt I was chasing a rainbow, looking for illusive treasures at its end.

I fixed my eyes on this rainbow end and was surprised to see a mist of rain that seemed to flow through it. I thought, If I were to stand in that spot, I would not see the rainbow end and would think it was raining on my head. But, now that I am looking from a higher vantage point, I see the beauty of the rainbow that surrounds the spot.


Today is 9-11, a day that brings up tragic memories for our nation. On a personal level, my own mother died two years ago today, so my feelings are tender. Many of you have lost loved ones to breast cancer or have experienced other great losses. I’m sure you felt it was raining on you with sorrow or pain. Many people ask me how to face losses without being overtaken by sorrow. I’d like to share a few things that have helped me.

First, never try to mentally put all of the pieces together when you are in the midst of troubles. There is no way to figure out why things happen. People certainly don’t deserve tragedies. If you try to make sense of things in the middle of your experience, you can get confused and disoriented.

Second, stabilize yourself while going through tough times. Make sure the basics of life are in place. Simplifying your lifestyle helps to focus on the important and necessary things. If you are a breast cancer survivor, concentrate on getting well, getting exercise as you are able, and having a positive attitude.

Third, take a look around you at people who are in your life to help you and sustain you. Most of the time there are people willing to help as you reach out to them. Click here to talk to others in our online community and to share your story.

The Storm is Over

When the storm of life has ended and you are able to view it from a higher vantage point, you can see the good and beautiful things that surrounded you. One thing has become clear to me through life’s difficulties—the pot at the end of the rainbow is not filled with gold, but blessings. Look for them and you will see them.

Thought for Today:

“May God give you…For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”—Irish Blessing

Live Life,


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