Sounds like a strange title for a blog post given my current circumstances, eh?
Well, I started using that hashtag a few days ago, and as I contemplated my newest post, this title jumped out at me.
No matter what we go through in life, I think it’s important to look for hidden blessings. These silver linings make the hard stuff easier to bear.
Despite my current challenges, I’m trying to find something positive every time I want to complain.
Here’s my list so far:
The Bad: Falling over the dog and breaking my ankle
Silver Lining: The dog cushioned my fall, and I didn’t hit my head on the floor or break a wrist.
The Bad: Waiting in the ER for seven hours, with treatment happening intermittently.
Silver Lining: I was much better off than some of the people I saw wheeled past my room.
The Bad: A splint that was so tight that the pain kept me awake for nearly two days straight.
Silver Lining: I can appreciate that my new, temporary cast is looser and, thus, less prone to cause me pain.
The Bad: Being out of work.
Silver Lining: Catching up on blog reading, chatting more in depth with friends, and sleeping constantly (now that I have new pain meds).
The Bad: Not being able to work out or run.
Silver Lining: Motivation to work harder when I am given the green light to do so.
The Bad: Having to travel out of town for a really good surgeon.
Silver Lining: Having the best surgeon around and catching up with family members who live in said town.
The Bad: Having to rely on everyone for everything.
Silver Lining: Feeling loved and a new appreciation for the little things and for the people in my life ❤
The Bad: Derailed plans of every sort.
Silver Lining: God is in control; His plan will NEVER be derailed.
Y’all, there is just so much more good than bad that I can’t list everything.
Yes, I’d rather not have done this. The pain is absolutely horrible; the surgery will not be fun to recover from.
I cannot stand that this happened, but the fact is that it DID happen. I cannot change that.
So, although I am crying a little sometimes, because I think it’s okay to have short pity parties every once in a while, and although I’m crying a lot when the pain gets to be too much, because even the best medicine wears off, I can already see the good that’s there.
Perspective is everything.
Finding joy in the journey because God is in the lead is my comfort.