"Some things in life are bad They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse
When you're chewing on life's gristle Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best And
Always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the light side of life"
We are living in a time where these words have never been more true or needed. Life is confusing, we are caught in the unknown with more questions than answers and it's so easy to find the negative right now.
But how we look at life is a choice, it's a decision we make and we have control over this. So, I choose to look for the silver lining, because there's always at least one.
Schools are closed and my kids are now virtual schooling. It's a big change and a lot to get used to. And for me, I'm seeing how this allows my kids to learn at their own pace with less stress and anxiety. Not to mention I'm with them and can support their efforts as the days go by.
My husband and I work from home, and now our kids are home too. No dinners out, no movies, no malls, just staying home. For me, the silver lining is the time I get to hang out with my kids. We eat dinners together every night. I'm teaching them life skills like laundry, cooking, building a garden or changing a tire. We spend quality time together, playing games, talking, watching movies or just hanging out.
I've always been an optimist, I call my coaching style optimistically pragmatic. I know that life is difficult at times, the stores are closed, the shelves are empty and who knows if we have enough toilet paper. I also know that this pandemic is allowing us the opportunity to get back to a simpler life, focusing on the quality of family and be with those we love and care for the most. This is priceless and my silver lining.
What's your silver lining? Join my FB group Staying Positive to share your Silver Linings, and find positive inspiration as you look to see life through rose-colored glasses.
h/t Monty Python for all their words of wisdom and all the smiles.