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There’s always a silver lining

Next week is Thanksgiving. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were enjoying the warm summer days? And only a week or so ago we were celebrating the New Year? I remember my grandmother telling me that the older we get, the faster the time goes; and how she would love to be able to slow it down. I was only 12 at the time but remember thinking how silly she was because, for me, it seemed to take forever to go from the first day of school to Christmas break. My oh my how the tables have turned.

As the days fly by with our list of things to do-work, kids to school, after school activities, sports, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, paying bills, housework, yard maintenance, and the list goes on and on; it’s easy to get caught up in the business of getting from one obligation to the next. Before long, we are going through the motions of getting through the day and forgetting to enjoy the moments of our lives.

It can be difficult to find something to be thankful for when times are tough; but often that’s when we need it the most. Looking for the silver lining in the storm clouds, as my grandmother used to say, gives us the opportunity to choose how we react to life. It’s easy to be grateful when life is good and so very difficult when your world is crumbling all around you.

How many times have you looked back on hard times and realized the good that came out of them?

In the movie, “The Secret,” one of the speakers talks about the value of gratitude, even if it’s for the simplest of things like having clothes to wear. He goes on to say that you don’t have to like the clothes just be grateful for them. Finding that silver lining in the mundane changes the way we feel and we all want to feel that way.

There is a post being passed around on Facebook asking users to post something daily this month that they are thankful for.

While I was too busy to be on Facebook every day to post something, I have been trying to do it. It was perfect timing for me since my youngest son, Randy (1999 Douglas High School graduate), was due to return home to the U.S. after six months in Djibouti, Africa, with the Navy on the 2nd.

After several days of delays, the unit did arrive at noon on the 5th. I wasn’t able to be there for the welcome home in Norfolk, Virginia, but was included in all the emails reporting their delays so was able to feel like I was a part of it.

I sent him a text message so when he turned his phone on, he had a big virtual hug and a mom’s love to greet him. Ahhhh the advantages of technology.

If you are interested in judging the neighborhood lights in our neighborhood, give me a call or send an e-mail.

Have a Ramblin good week.

Reach Gail Davis at, or (775) 400-1265.