Recently in a women’s circle, I led a contemplation inspired by Maya Angelou. In a video clip, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8RA4JsoKjY, Maya talks about how she’s had so many rainbows in her clouds and how she has had a lot of clouds in her life. She shares that when she gets on a stage to speak, she brings with her everyone who has been kind to her. She has never felt without help. She suggests to us that we prepare ourselves to be a “rainbow in someone’s clouds” and “be a blessing to somebody”.

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Through the years each of us has received support and inspiration from a variety of other men and women. The support came in many different ways: a kind word, a compassionate listening ear, the right question at the perfect time, and/or a different perspective that opened up new possibilities.

When contemplating Maya’s quote in my women’s circle, we cast our minds down memory lane and remembered our first best girlfriend and then we reviewed each decade of our lives and looked at the women who have made a significant contribution to our lives. It was a very meaningful and powerful exercise. At the end, we each shared one person who stood out for us and why she was important.

I shared about my beloved sister who is 16 years older than I am and who has been a part of my life from the beginning. She was the one who loved to rock me as an infant when she came home from school. This closeness ensured I bonded with her heart to heart. She gifted me with my first and only pet, a dog named Rip van Winkle who was my constant companion. I called him Rippy. She gave him to me when I was 4 and he was with me for 18 years.

My sister was one of the people early on who expanded my way of thinking, opening my mind to new ways of seeing the world. By asking one question, “How about thinking of going to university instead of nursing school?” she changed the trajectory of my life. Through the years our relationship has evolved and deepened. Now in her golden years, we share a spiritual path, and we know each of us is there for the other no matter what. “Thank you, sis’. You are always a part of my heart!”

Remembering all the other people who have enriched my life was an exercise that filled me with so much gratitude and appreciation. I came to feel how I am surrounded by a great community of souls that has my back!

Take some time:

  • To think about all those people who have been kind to you and who have been your “rainbows in your clouds”. Go through each decade of your life and identify those who stand out for you.
  • To be with each one to see and feel what it was about them that was meaningful for you.
  • Send them your gratitude.
  • Think about the people in your world right now who need a rainbow and how can you support them with your kindness.

I am so grateful to each of you, seen and unseen, who has been there for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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