About Silver Linings

Sunrise over dock

There is a silver lining in every day

It was during one of the hardest periods of my life that I came upon the true meaning of “silver linings.”

My husband and first true love had just died of liver cancer, and I had moved from rural New Brunswick to the “big city” of Ottawa to study journalism at Carleton University. It was an extremely challenging and gruelling program, and I struggled to make friends in a city where I knew almost no one, at a time where I didn’t feel particularly good about my life.

A few months into my studies, I noticed that I could no longer run – I didn’t have the energy. In fact, I could barely climb stairs without being winded, and I had little desire to get out of bed in the morning. Nothing interested me, and everything seemed to require far too much effort.

I knew I was in trouble the day I dropped the screw cap to the orange juice on the floor, and burst into tears because I didn’t have to energy to bend over and pick it up. I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with depression.

Fall sunset

Beauty surrounds us…we just have to open our eyes and look

I considered dropping out of university, but wasn’t sure what else I would do. One day, in desperation, I called a former beloved professor from St. Thomas University, Roger Moore. I told him I thought I wanted to quit, and he said if I quit this, it would get easier and easier to quit everything else in life. I said I had no idea how to get through even one more day, and he said, “just look for the silver lining in every day.”

I know that advice may seem too simplistic, but I have to say it was my saving grace and still is when I’m going through a challenging time. The more I look for the blessings in my life, the more blessings I realize I already have. And in every difficulty, there is always some kind of gift/positive side, even if at first it is hard to see.

Sun and orb

When you look at something from a new vantage point, it’s amazing what you’ll see!

This blog is about finding the silver linings in every day. We all face challenges and difficulties in life, and our struggles feel less heavy when we knew others have also faced and overcame them.

I have never been a big reader of fiction, because I find real life too interesting. I am fascinated by the world and love figuring out why things happen and how to overcome challenges. I hope what I write about helps you to find the silver linings in your challenges too.

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