After I read this, my mind filled with images of some pretty low and hectic times in my life. I felt like I would never crawl out of the pit I was in or be able to move through the chaos around me. But, life goes on, things change, chaos disappears. For each one the memories I have about those low times, I also have recognition of an important life lesson or blessing that goes along with it. The classic "cloud with the silver lining." More than once, I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was, mentally and emotionally. My determination to keep moving forward regardless of what appeared to be collapsing around me was enough to get me beyond the darkness and into the light. When I look back on the negative events, I recognize that my story around what happened is just that - a story. And a good one at that. It is full of nasty characters, drama, and some danger. But everything works out in the end, which is how I like it. For some people, that may not be true, but I am determined to write my stories with a happy ending. So I search high and low for the silver lining and incorporate that into my new story.
The blessings that chaos brings become easier to find each time because I am willing and anxious to learn and move on. I don't like to wallow in misery or be a victim, which spurs me on to move quickly through the hard times onto better things. I am finding that I don't stay angry as long or hold grudges like I did before. Time is too short and precious to waste on negative energies. In that way I am selfish because I don't like to give my energy away to foolish people or circumstances. I would rather just move beyond, rise above, and go on my merry way. So although I don't welcome chaos, I do appreciate the blessings that come with it and hope that you, too, find the silver lining on your most cloudy of days.