“Smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you.”
– from the song “Smile” composed by Charlie Chaplin
We’re a thousand miles from comfort, we have traveled land and sea
But as long as you are with me, there’s no place I’d rather be
I would wait forever, exalted in the scene
As long as I am with you, my heart continues to beat
We staked out on a mission to find our inner peace
Make it everlasting so nothing’s incomplete
It’s easy being with you, sacred simplicity
As long as we’re together, there’s no place I’d rather be
– Clean Bandit, “Rather Be”
Mount Rokko, near Kobe, Japan
washed by the dying light
clothes line in the sky
The colors of a sunset can overcome the darkness that threatens to pervade the day.
They focus our eyes on the beauty of the world, and, for a moment, keep all the ugliness hidden in the shadows.
Though I’ve seen a full rainbow before, I’ve not seen it this close.
It’s right in front of me, touching the bushes and the coconut tree just 50 yards away.
Yet at the same time it seems far away, shimmering, even while hinting at a second rainbow above it.
Sometimes we receive gifts even if we don’t ask for them.
All we can do is be thankful.