Life is too short to always look at the negative side of everything. I find that in every situation there is a positive that can be derived out of it. Most people would call that the silver lining. I call it avoiding the negative vortex. For every action there is a reaction - isn't that a principle of physics? Well for every negative there is a positive.
Think about your absolutely worst day and then sit down and think about it again trying to find one thing that was positive and you will see that day all over again in a brand new light. Isn't that really what we are trying to do here as authors? Don't we try to illuminate things so people can look at them any way they want to? How many times have you had a critic review your book and come away from it with the wrong impression? Or the right impression?
Silver linings, sort of like the fairy tales of modern day. As the times get tougher, the tough get going, or is it really that the tough have always been going and now that the times are tougher, we just pay more attention? I read an article that said now that there are more people in need of food, housing and shelter, there are actually more donations coming in from the lower and middle class -- the people who can least afford to be charitable. Isn't that interesting that those who can least afford to be charitable are those who are the first in line to offer up assistance. If that isn't a silver lining, I don't know what is.
Causes Brenda Youngerman Supports
House of Ruth
Missionaries of Charity