“Always look on the bright side of life.”
This is one of those simple things that usually ends up being very difficult, but is also something that can truly change your life. I happen to believe there is good to be found in all things. Even when it looks like my life is falling down around my ears. I have a good reason to believe this is true because I believe in a loving God who happens to love me in particular. You don’t have to share this belief to be an optimist however, and it is an optimist that I would encourage you to become.
Too many of us live a life of desperate fear. We’re even terrified of hope. Why? Because hope isn’t a guarantee and we people, places, things might fail us. We might get hurt. We like a safe life, which ties to another aspect of abundant living that we’ll talk more about next time. But safety is an illusion. I encourage you in this to break down the protective barriers of cynicism and be willing to believe that the impossible is possible, and that the worst seeming of situations can be a source of enlightenment, growth, investment, blessing, creativity… I think you get the picture.
Some may respond by telling me that it is a fool who refuses to look at the world as it is. They see optimism as an escape from the realities of this broken world. I must challenge this statement by saying it also applies in reverse. What if “the world as it is” is far better than the world they paint. Our world view after all is a result of our experience and how we’ve chosen to respond to and interpret those experiences. I would argue that it requires much greater strength of heart and character to believe that it does to live a life of skepticism. It is to live in a world without walls, gates or locks.
The silver lining is there. It’s always there! I have personally born witness to this truth. Sometimes we have to look for it a little harder than others, but it is there. So, rather than worry it might not be there, it might let you down, seek it out. After all, another truth for you is this one. You’ll never find what you will not look for. So I hope that you will choose to believe in the greater things, the impossible things, the beautiful things, the hopes and the dreams of legend and keep your eyes open.
Remember, the silver lining is there. It’s time to look!
Do you believe in the presence of the silver lining? Are you a cynic, realist, optimist? How has that played out in your life?