Many, many years ago before I understood the true ups and downs of life as an adult, I sat at my grandparents dining room table as a teenager full of angst and irritated at small things.
As I sat there, twirling my spaghetti on my fork with the homemade sauce and a heavy topping of grated cheddar cheese (my grandmother’s specialty), I laid out my current dramatic issues to my grandparents. I don’t remember what I was complaining about but most likely it involved a teacher that I thought at the time was trying to snowball my effort to do as little homework as possible or the current who’s dating whom debacle that filled my life as a teenager in the 90’s (don’t judge millenials, you’ll grow older as well).
My grandfather, who didn’t speak much during dinner except to ask for someone to pass him the bowl of sliced peaches or to ask my grandmother for more iced tea, finally paused and said something to me that I’ve carried along on my journey and have recited to myself many times.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
I’m sure my teenager issues were somewhat laughable to my grandfather. After all, he was a retired military man who served in several wars, took part in the Berlin airdrop, grew up in the Great Depression, lost a child shortly after birth, and had already raised his family.
Debbie Gibson vs. Tiffany wasn’t on his radar nor was the problem that I just couldn’t get my hair teased as high as the other girls.
But he knew better.
He knew that I always listened to him.
And he knew that even if I didn’t get the true meaning of his words on that day, that I would store them in my mind and be able to refer to them one day when I truly needed them.
Since then there has been many days that I’ve needed that silver lining. And the truth is, that if you truly look – there’s always a silver lining there.
Even the darkest clouds in your life has a silver lining. Sometimes you have to be patient and wait for it to arrive, others it’s there but you have to open your eyes and look up to see it.
So today I want to share that wisdom with you.
No matter what you’re going through or how dark it seems, there’s a silver lining. I’m not promising that you’ll see it today but if you stay hopeful and look, you’ll see it in time.
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