Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Silver Bells and Silver Linings

Okay, I'll admit it. It's been a tough month. It isn't going out with some miraculous bang, either, more like an explosive one. It won't be hard to say goodbye to 2011.

But in the midst of trials, I've found out a few things.

First, even when you're having a pretty bad day, you can still handle another blow. You may not like it, but you can handle it.

Second, just because nothing makes sense, doesn't mean that everything is without a reason. It just sometimes takes us a while to see the bigger picture.

Third, good things pop up at the most unexpected moments in the least expected ways. Cherish them. Sometimes noticing the good things helps you deal with the hard things.

Fourth, yes, there is such a thing as a silver lining. I know I don't see it most of the time, but it's there. In fact, when I do finally notice it, it's so amazing that it makes me wonder how I could have been so blind not to have seen it sooner.

So although there are not likely any amazing miracles on the horizon for me, I'm happy. As happy as I decide to be. That's the one thing I can control.

And it's such a good time of the year to decide that.


Farnsworth Family said...

Thanks for putting things into perspective, Laura. I'm sorry it's been a rough month for you. I agree that it's nice that at least we can control how we react when things don't go like we hoped - but that still doesn't always make it easy. And yes, I have to believe that there is a reason that things happen the way they do, even if it doesn't make sense for a while. So don't give up! Keep watching for the silver lining!! Merry Christmas!

M.A.D. said...

Hugs & Merry Christmas, Laura!

Laura said...

Thank you both, and Merry Christmas to you too!

L.T. Elliot said...

Love you. I hope someday to have your strength, courage, and heart.

Laura said...

You have all that and more L.T.! Merry Christmas.

Tammy said...

Hey, you continually teach an "old dog" new tricks every Thursday! That's how I spell success! It's a Christmas miracle!!! I am grateful for our friendship! Merry Christmas!

Laura said...

Thanks Tammy- and Merry Christmas to you too!