Like A Rainbow

A double rainbow caught Pittsburgh's attention--and for good reason.

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It's not everyday that you see a picture of a rainbow on the front page of a newspaper, replacing for just a moment all of the world's daily mayhem. And this was entirely appropriate, for this particular double rainbow captivated the whole city with its remarkable brilliance'the stunning full display of nature's color spectrum arched across the eastern sky like'well, like a rainbow.

I was sitting inside, chased in by the rain, when I was drawn to notice that the daylight had turned to a brilliant golden cadmium yellow, like the ephemeral light that streams in the windows of my favorite Vermeer paintings. I stepped outside to see this luminescent sun set when I was rewarded with the most spectacular rainbow I've ever seen. The rainbow looked so close, I felt like I should go to look for the pot of gold at the end, because it seemed like the rainbow ended right in my neighbor's trees.

Later that same night, my friend Lydia and I went out to Fox Chapel to check on the salamanders at Salamander Park. On this warm, rainy spring night, the yellow spotted salamanders had come down from the hills for a little bit of salamander love in the local vernal pool. Armed with raincoats, boots, and flashlights, we witnessed a mating ritual as old as time immemorial.

It's been a beautiful beginning of spring, listening to the bird songs filling the air, and the spring rains filling our gutters. So, into this glorious early spring, a resounding sour note was sounded across the country.

A national news magazine had a banner headline trumpeted across their front page telling us all that the facts are in, and we've ruined the climate of the earth. Their best advice is for everyone to, 'be worried, be very worried.' Now, I'd like to ask, is worrying really the best tactic we can summon to confront the challenges of global climate change? Worrying doesn't seem to be a good strategy for anything, for who among us can add a single hour to our lives by worrying? Don't worry about what might happen tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Instead of worrying, let's try more appreciating. From there, let's be more wise about how we utilize the resources of this earth, so that we don't so rampantly pollute the atmosphere that blankets us, and sustains us. I hope you got to witness that rainbow the other night. I wish we could harness that sense of awe that one gets when we see a stunning vista or sunset or rainbow and bring that into our environmental discussions. Take that sense of awe into all the ways that you encounter the earth'and see at it like a rainbow.