The Silver Lining by Jennifer Wormley
Some people like to tease and compliment me by saying that I always find the silver lining in situations, but I never really thought about it before. Since I’ve become aware of this, I’ve realized that I do naturally tend to find the positive aspects of situations, especially negative ones. I don’t really know if I’ve always been this way or if it’s something that has developed in me as I’ve grown older and wiser, but what I do know is that it’s a good thing. Finding the silver lining in situations can help you maintain a positive attitude, it can help you process and get through difficult times and it has a way of helping others too. This morning when I was driving in my car, I found myself thinking about how much I really don’t like cold mornings. Right now I can’t find my ice scraper so that didn’t help matters much. Sometimes it seems like the car doesn’t get warm until I reach my final destination and I avoided a trip to the gas station because it is so uncomfortable going out into the windy cold air. And then I happened to notice the trees and all of their boldly colored leaves against the back-drop of the bright pink-red sky. When I was breathing in I could smell that distinct scent of a wood-burning fireplace nearby and I suddenly didn’t feel so cold anymore. Through using my senses, I was able to find things to be grateful for. I was thankful that I have a car that runs and gets me from point A to point B. I was thankful that I could find my gloves that helped keep my fingers warm. This is just a very simple example of my ‘silver lining’ technique, but it’s one that everyone is capable of practicing. So give it a try today, when you catch yourself thinking or saying something negative – stop yourself, take a deep breath and switch that gear in your brain. You’ll notice that your days become more enjoyable, stressful situations more tolerable and being thankful can only lead to better things ahead.