We are in trying times. It’s weird to think that we are living in one of the biggest historical events of our lifetime. I wonder to myself, how will this be written down and recorded in history and what will life be like after this is over? Sometimes, when we are in the thick of things, it is all too much to handle. On the other hand, as an eternal optimist, there will be silver linings to come and that will start with new lessons learned from this all.
Over the years, I’ve shared a lot about the chickens and life lessons that they have shared and gotten myself and my family through some tough times and I find that they too are a great source of comfort, support and offer up distractions. We find ourselves blessed to reach into the nesting boxes and discover the fresh eggs each morning. Certainly, we are amused to have the chickens along in the garden helping out- even if they unearthed all the soil from around the hydrangea near their coop. Okay, maybe that part is not a silver lining.
Meanwhile, the days are beginning to gather more structure and with time on so many of our hands and nights of insomnia, there has been plenty of time to think- about lots of things- good and bad. Above all, I wanted to share my message of hope today.
One day we will look back on this and realize that it was all the non-material things that meant the most to us. It is the moments of life, celebrations, emotions, experiences and adventures that connect us all together and what it means to be part of the human experience. These are the silver linings.
The earth is healing.
And spring still arrives and signs of new life are abundant.
Wild birds build their nests, coyotes rear their new pups and tiny foxes trot through the yard.
The wild turkeys are roosting in our backyard trees again and seeking out places for their nests.
The days are growing longer and the nights become easier.
We will hug our loved ones again and now have an even deeper appreciation for their presence in our lives.
Kids will go back to school.
All of these things will be in the rear view mirror soon enough. Most importantly, what bits of silver will you see when you look back on this?
For instance, it is more family- time, meals, memories and simpler times with less go go go and pressure on all of us to get out there and do it.
I wrote this post above on April 15, 2020 about silver linings and I left it in draft form. Truthfully, I’m not really quite sure why I didn’t finish it. Perhaps, it was too much at the time. But, here I am March 3, 2021 and this drafted post is speaking to me. As I re-read it, its like a message to me. With tears welling up in my eyes, I find myself thankful for writing this. Subsequently, almost a year into this pandemic, I needed to see this and maybe you do too. Lastly, look for those silver linings. Please know that I am sharing with you thoughts of hope.