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If true that "every cloud has a silver lining" why are some so well-hidden? Are some folks better at finding silver linings than others?

Posted - September 14, 2018


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    "He who does not look for silver lining shall never find it."

    Personally, I don't believe that “silver lining” thing is entirely true.  But then again, I don’t always look for it.   Over the years, life’s pretty much beaten all the optimism out of me.  Yet, there are people out there who, for reasons yet unknown, are able to find hope no matter how bad things get.    

    The sun'll come out… to-morrow. 
    Bet your bottom dollar
    That tomorrow there'll be sun!

    Unfortunately, no matter how much you may want to, you can’t “smack it out of them” (trust me on this).  It seems that no matter how bad life treats these ‘perpetual optimists’, always manage to find some good in it.   “At least you have your health.”  “Things could always be worse.”  I don’t know about you, but when I’m facing a hard time, I’d prefer some sympathy, not someone telling me to ‘count my blessings’.  Granted there are times when my “dark moment” isn’t nearly as dark as I make it out to be (I have a cold!  Oh, woe is me!).  When you just want to suffer in your misery, one of these “people” always seems to pop up.

    The sun'll come out... to-morrow
    So ya gotta hang on
    ‘Til tomorrow
    Come what may.

    How on earth can those people always find something to be cheerful about?   Is that silver lining they always find made of pep pills?  I know that not everyone has the ability to see this “magical silver lining”.  Sometimes our darkness is so great we can't see out of it.  As annoying as those Pollyanna-type may be, sometimes it's kind of nice to have someone point out that things really aren’t as bad as we might think.

    Tomorrow!  Tomorrow!
    I love ya, tomorrow!
    You're always a day a way!


      September 14, 2018 10:31 AM MDT

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    Mea culpa Shuhak. I am one of them. I'm like the Unsinkable Molly Brown. No matter what life dishes out (so far) I pop right up buoyant as ever. I have my dad's genes as does my sis. My mother was the dark side of life person and I'm glad I'm not. So I guess we, thee and me, have this difference. I can live with it if you can! Of course I don't know what you have experienced so I cannot fairly comment. I only know that whatever I have experienced I was able to handle and not let it get me down. I give myself pep talks all the time about that issue. All things considered I'm a very lucky old woman and, dare I say it, things could have been so much worse for me. I should have died by now. I was given a 14% chance of surviving 5 years after my operation for cancer in January 2008 and the chemo that followed. Ten years later I'm still here. Jim and I could have been killed in August 2004, Friday the 13th, when we were in a terrible accident that our car did not survive but we miraculously did. So as I said I got no complaints. Things could have turned out much worse. I could have not been here for 14 years if I had died in 2004. Of course I would not have gotten cancer if I had not been here. Something to ponder on! Thank you for your reply.
      September 14, 2018 10:50 AM MDT