Column 21 – Look for the Silver Lining by the FlyLady, Marla Cilley

I have noticed an overwhelming veil of negativity everywhere I look these days. For me it is a mystery that must be uncovered and then decluttered to bring some joy back into our lives.

I know the world is full of half empty kind of people. The TV news, Radio, Facebook, and Twitter all contribute to the negative things overshadowing the positive stories. This got me to thinking about how we can change the way we look at things. As always when I am pondering a topic a song comes to mind. This morning the God Breeze was “Look for the Silver Lining”.

I did a Google search for the lyrics and found one verse (which isn’t sung often) that has to do with the drudgery of doing dishes.

As I wash my dishes, I’ll be following your plan,
Till I see the brightness in ev’ry pot and pan.
I am sure your point of view will ease the daily grind,
So I keep repeating in my mind.

Look for the silver lining
When e’er a cloud appears in the blue.
Remember some where the sun is shining,
And so the right thing to do,
Is make it shine for you.

My Grandmother taught me, “Can’t never could do anything!” She instilled in me a “Can Do!” spirit! If you think you can! You will!

When we dwell on the negative we create a sadness in our lives. We all deserve to be happy! That happiness comes from within. Stop allowing the external influences to determine your attitude of the day. We can change it by looking for that silver lining.

Create your own Happiness File in your life. I learned this from Pam Young in her book called the Happiness File. http://fldy.net/~Happiness . We have to surround ourselves with things that make us smile.

This is why we shine our sinks and declutter items that remind us of sad times. My happiness file has become a virtual one on Pinterest. I have set up many boards that bring smiles to my day. I also have my playlist in my iTunes that make me happy when I listen to them. Youtube is another way to brings some grins and giggles into your life! And my favorite way to start laughing out loud is to watch the animals on America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Another thing we all can do is to stop posting negative comments on Facebook. This breaks my heart when I see people commenting on how bad they have it. For me this is whining! At FlyLady, we live in a NO WHINING ZONE! When you catch yourself about to fall into the negative trap of whining; look for the silver lining! Be the one who finds something positive to say! Lift others up and become a shining beacon of love for the world!

Your silver lining is contagious! Smile and the world smiles with you!

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