There are silver linings.
I believe in them and always have; I will endeavour to continue feeling this way. What is the point otherwise? The half-full cup has been my belief throughout my life as the half-empty cup never seemed so attractive to me. Not everyone can feel this way and I understand, especially now, positivity can be a tough one to see under the rubble of disaster many are living with.
A silver lining to me is one where I can see or feel a positive benefit coming from an overwhelmingly difficult, dire or uncomfortable situation. The last few months have been unreal and what the next 6 will bring, I have no idea. I do feel underwhelmed by the future and overwhelmed with sadness at so many eventualities but frankly, that’s not helping me, you or anyone else.
I need the silver linings.
Mine are both big and small.
I’m cooking with great joy, finding strength through exercise, learning so much with my reading and re-evaluating my working time. Having the time and mental space to reflect on my future is a stupendous gift and made me very aware I feel different. I will do so much more but differently and these last months have allowed me to figure this out.
Awareness is as much a silver lining as the time to seek it out.
I have found new enjoyment in Instagram; I never thought I would say that. Connecting with loyal followers and finding new kindred spirits has resonated and replaced my past feelings that it was all a bit of a chore. I spend time taking photographs: I think about what you would enjoy and I create small snippets on subjects I believe you will find common ground. These are silver linings.
There are so many others I experience on a daily basis and when I read the news, feel disheartened and wonder what on earth our futures are I take myself to a place where I can reflect on the positives. I don’t deny what’s happening around me but I don’t give it the entire stage. It’s my way of dealing and finding the silver lining can also be a coping mechanism.
Struggling to find the silver lining?
Not everyone has a re-set button to see the good. It’s impossible sometimes.
Remove the negative and breathe – that’s the first step. Take a walk, a run or a spin if that’s the exercise you favour but move and breathe. Breathe deeply and focus on that. Count the in and the out if it helps. The discipline of exercise is the best way to lift the spirits and find the prize. Exercise can calm and once the calm starts to take hold, focus on one element of life that is doing well. It might be your creativity, your communications or as simple as the last cookie you baked. Maybe it is a skill you have mastered or a cupboard sorted – it doesn’t matter what but we all have something we do well.
Make lists. They help and it is so surprising how much we can accomplish with this simple tool of organisation.
There is much talk about being kind to others, don’t forget you.
Sometimes we have to dig deep to find our silver lining but if we search hard enough, they will be there. xv
Easy-To-Find Silver Linings
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