Saturday, May 29, 2010

Silver Linings

"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content." ~Helen Keller
Today a friend confided in me that she felt sad and downtrodden by many disappointing circumstances that have arisen in her life over the past few years. At a recent event she had been surrounded by other mothers and wives who appeared to be so happy and giddy, making her feel even worse about everything going on in her world.

It is so easy for all of us to "compare" our lives with other people we come in contact with. We all do it, and as much as we try to focus on our many blessings, a sad heart must be able to truly feel the pain in order to make sense of what our reality is so that we may move on. I am not sure how many of us have gotten the "life we planned on", but I do know for sure that we have to hold on tight to the life we were given and give thanks.

I wish I could help my friend's anguish and grant her wishes so that she could feel that sense of fulfillment she so desperately needs at this time. She is the example of what we all feel at points in our lives. It is how we deal with it that makes all the difference. As I said in my post yesterday, I turn to nature, music and poetry to help heal my soul. As cliche as it sounds, there is always a silver lining behind every dark cloud. The only thing I can do is be there for her and let her know I love her. I know she will get over this hurdle even stronger, because it is through adversity we learn and grow.

15 comments:

  1. Tell her to take it one day at a time, like we all do!

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  2. I'd like to share some of my recent posts in my blog which I got from email forwards through friends.

    http://imafulltimemummy.blogspot.com/2010/05/its-all-about-how-you-see-it.html

    http://imafulltimemummy.blogspot.com/2010/05/hurt.html

    Have a blessed weekend!

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  3. You have a very cute and adorable daughter, I must say!
    Your picture has a great scenic beauty. Love it!

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  4. Love pic. Thanx for the lovely comments u leave on my blog. Ur a real nice person & I am sure a great friend too

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  5. Being there for her is really the best. Those who were just "there" for me through the rocky times did more for me than they will ever know! great post to remind us of what friendship is...being a shoulder when it is needed.

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  6. She is certainly blessed to have your friendship.
    xoxo

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  7. You are right; there always is a silver lining. And sometimes you won't see why something was a certain way until much time has passed.

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  8. I love this post. It is a reminder to us all, especially me.

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  9. I absolutely agree that we grown and learn through adversity, if we choose to do so. Becoming a young widowed mother at the age of 32 made me a stronger person and Christian. I did not get the "life I planned on" but I give thanks each and every day for the one that I have.

    Great post.

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  10. Thanks for the follow!! I am following you back!!! Loove your blog!

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  11. being supportive to a friend is the number one thing you can do to make a difference. My last year has been horrible as well, and my good friends have been such a HUGE support for me!

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  13. I am so proud of you , you are such lovely lady and a good friend. Keep smiling life is good.

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  14. A supportive friend is really sometimes all a person needs. I have such wonderful groups of friends who support me unconditionally.
    We definitely need these different and unique trials in our lives to truly grow and progress into a better person. Thanks for another inspiring post Mama Hen!

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  15. Beautifully written. Life is full of ups and downs and friends, family, and faith see us through them. Thanks for the reminder that we should all appreciate the road we are traveling.

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