Silver Lining


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"Only in the darkness can you see the stars." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

I always look for the silver lining. It's not something that comes naturally to me, so I have to work at it. It isn't necessarily easy, but I somehow manage it every time. I do the same when dealing with people, trying to see things from their perspective and finding the good in them. My philosophy in life is that there is always an upside; it helps me keep negative influences out of my life and encourages me when I'm having a rough time.

Allow me to give you an example:

Several years ago, I was camped out at my family's cottage. I had no mattress or padding to sleep on, the tent was pitched on a slope, I had several rocks or roots digging into my back, my sleeping bag was very thin, and I was freezing. I had just spent the entire night trying to get comfortable and failing to fall asleep. Giving up at around 4:30 in the morning, I crawled out of the tent, thinking that I would walk around in an attempt to get warm, hopefully without waking anyone up.

The world was shrouded in fog. The grass was speckled with dew, clinging to my feet as I made my way to the docks. Mist steamed up from the surface of the lake, which was utterly still without a hint of a ripple. There was the slightest touch of the light of dawn filling the air. It was too late for crickets and too early for birdsong, so there was no sound at all. The end of the dock disappeared into the fog, slowly revealing itself inch by inch as I walked to the end of it.

I don't know for how long I stood there, watching the mist curling above the water, the deepening light, the ripples on the water caused by my presence on the floating dock, listening to the complete lack of sound. After a while, I didn't even notice the cold anymore. It was the most peaceful I have ever felt in my entire life.

I never would have seen that if I had been able to sleep that night. There was the silver lining.

To the best of my abilities, I apply this way of thinking to every aspect of my life. My most recent focus is on health--both physical and mental--and wellness, trying to heal myself after years of self-neglect. I am someone who always has difficulties staying motivated, so I hope that sharing my experiences might offer a bit of inspiration.

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