The rainbow story
Once upon a time the colours of the world started to quarrel: all
claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful,
the favourite. Green said: "Clearly I am the most important. I am the
sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, leaves, trees--without
me, all animals would die. Look out over the countryside and you will
see that I am in the majority."
Blue interrupted: "You only think about the Earth, but consider the
sky and sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by
the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and
serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."
Yellow chuckled. "You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety,
and warmth to the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the
stars are yellow. Ever time you look at a sunflower, the whole world
starts to smile. Without me, there would be no fun."
Orange started next to blow her temper. "I am the colour of health
and strength. I may be scarce but I am precious for I serve the needs of
human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots,
pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and papaws. I don't hang around all the
time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so
striking that no one gives another thought to any of you."
Red could stand it no longer. He shouted out: "I am the ruler of all
of you. I am blood! Life's blood. I am the colour of danger and of
bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire to the blood! I
am the colour of passion and of love, the red rose, the poppy and the
poinsettia. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon!"
Purple rose up to his full height. He was very tall and spoke with
great pomp: "I am the colour of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and
bishops have always chosen me for I am the sign of authority and wisdom.
People do not question me. They obey."
Finally, Indigo spoke, much more quietly than all the others but with
just as much determination: "think of me. I am the colour of silence.
You hardly notice me, but without me, you all become superficial. I
represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me
for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."
And so all the colours went on boasting and quarrelling, each
convinced of their own superiority. Soon, their quarrelling became
louder and louder.
Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening! Thunder
rolled and boomed! Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colours
crouched down in fear drawing close to one another for comfort. In the
midst of the clamour, Rain began to speak: "You foolish colours,fighting
amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don't you know you
were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands
with one another and come to me."
Doing as they were told, the colours united and joined hands. The
rain continued: "From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch
across the sky in a great bow of colours as a reminder that you can all
live in peace.
The rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow." And so, whenever a good
rain washes the world and a rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember
to appreciate one another.