I saw a silver-lined cloud yesterday. Absolutely perfect. No beams of light shining from behind it. Nothing but a rim of pure silver for an outline. Then a friend made mention of a cloud with a silver lining. Okay… I get it. Remember to look for the silver lining.
We cannot know the purpose behind everything that happens to us. Sometimes the world seems to rain down blows on us as we cower beneath that onslaught, afraid to look up. I spent many years crouched on the ground, afraid to make a move. Paralyzed by fear. Yet, here I am. Standing tall. Facing what life tosses my way. And when I take a step back from the hard cold world that continues turning in spite of it all, I can see the silver lining. The small things on the edges of life are worth getting up for everyday.
There was a time when I didn’t want to get up. Not another day. I didn’t have it in me. It was a difficult time to say the least. I made it through that and slowly got my footing. The thing that I understood after the fact was that your life can change at any moment. That today could be the day when BAM! My time to shine. Life finally brings me what’s coming to me. Happiness flies in on the wind. And If I wasn’t here to see it, well… what a shame that would be.
I’m still here. Whew. What a ride! Even though my wonderful life isn’t perfect, and the clouds still roll in, and life sometimes seems to rain down blows on me, I am no longer crouching in fear. I am looking for that silver lining, because it is THERE. I’ve seen it. I know how it works. And tomorrow could be the day when … well… I guess my dreams have come true in so many ways, beyond my wildest expectations. However, sometimes life brings us bigger joys than we could ever dream on our best day.
There is a silver lining behind that cloud. Hold on tight. The storm will pass. Life can still bring you more joy than you could possibly ever imagine. I promise.
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