We’ve all done it — look at the sky for a rainbow after it rains. There’s even a day dedicated to finding one. With spring rains falling, we’ve had a few chances to look for one.
Of course, finding a rainbow is not as easy as it sounds and if you are lucky enough to find yourself outside just after a rainstorm in April, you may just be able to catch a quick glimpse and even take a snapshot of one of these natural events.
A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection of light in water droplets in the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicolored arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.
In a “primary rainbow,” the arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted while entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.
The rainbow is not located at a specific distance, but comes from any water droplets viewed from a certain angle relative to the sun’s rays.
Thus, a rainbow is not an object, and cannot be physically approached.
There goes my hope of finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
How many of us are literally chasing a rainbow? Looking for that pot of gold to make everything in our lives get better.
For some, finding a rainbow means making a major change in your life - a new job, a new place to live, a new pet.
For others, who knows.
As science says, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and, no matter how hard we try, there is nothing we can do to make it happen.
That's right, there's nothing we can do "to chase the rainbow" to a better place or to a better job.
Actually, the rainbow is a sign of hope in the face of tough times, not an escape from those tough times or moments.
I have had a few, nothing comparing to the tough times of many people I have met through the years in newspaper.
Yes, I will again admit, there is still something exciting about the thought of finding the end of a rainbow, even though I know there is no end.
Maybe, when the spring rains come, we can look to them as a chance to wash away the muck and grime of winter’s dark days, with the promise of brighter days coming.
The good times or the better times are there. Are you looking right here around them or are you chasing the end of the rainbow?