It came at a time when the world was hurting. Pandemic. Civil unrest. Anger and sadness. It was hard to find bright spots but on this day, it appeared out of nowhere. On a walk. With someone she loved.
The little girl, being a curious and loving girl went home and, using skills she must have learned from her favorite librarian, discovered that the halo was called a Whirling Rainbow.
In Native American lore, the Whirling Rainbow was a harbinger of a time when people would put aside their differences so that they could get to the very important business of healing the earth and one another. It signified peace, understanding, and healing, something that was in very short supply in those days.
The idea brought great joy to the little girl and she wanted to share it with more and more people. She wanted everybody to see the Whirling Rainbow and begin the very hard but necessary work of healing this world. To know that understanding and loving one another in difficult times was not only possible but pre-ordained.
She sent the picture and the information to her family to start, That family sent it out to others with the hope that in these times of trouble with very real challenges facing our people, that we would remember the Whirling Rainbow and work in our own way to heal the world.”
It’s been a minute since I’ve written. I was sorely lacking inspiration. But the little girl, my niece Anna, helped once again light that spark that sometimes struggles but is always present in me.
There is no doubt that we are in a time of darkness. Our communities, our country is being torn apart by forces that are beyond most of our control.
But this little 10-year-old girl found a bright spot and took the time to learn more and be inspired by what she and her mom saw on that walk.
When all we see is darkness all around us, it is up to us to find the light. Communicating with our neighbors respectfully. Listening to one another. Learning what we can do to make the changes that we so desperately need in our own lives and in our communities. This is the way we make our own halos, our own Whirling Rainbows.
This is what gives us hope for the future. Because that is what is needed.
If my 10-year-old niece can see something, take the time to find out more about it, and spread the goodness that comes from it while asking others to do the same, think of how much more we can do as adults.
And if you are at a loss, share this post. My niece, Anna, wanted to get this out to a bigger audience. You are the bigger audience and if we continue to share the mess out of this, maybe, just maybe we can work together to clean up the messes of this world and return it to the beautiful place it is meant to be.