Silver Lining Monday

September 29th, 2008

The stock market dropped to an all-time historic low today. Mercury is in retrograde–again. Who knows if we’ll all have jobs, houses, cars  or savings tomorrow or the next day or the next. And the Presidential race has become one long episode straight out of  “American Idol.” The bad news is relentless, but I tend to forget how fragile, precarious and uncertain life in this world has always been. While I’ve been giving myself a high five for switching from plastic bags to cloth, other women have wondered if they will have enough to eat today, tomorrow, the next. While I worry about the value of my house, there are little girls in Haiti who are virtually household slaves, sold by their families into lives of servitude. No happy endings there. I can’t control the stock market or Congress or global financial forces I don’t even understand, but I’m trying to look for silver linings–and believe me, it’s hard. I’m not naturally optimistic. But as long as I can, I’m going to put a check by every silver lining I can find every day. Mine are so simple-minded:  an unexpected chance to kayak this weekend; a sliver of Stilton found lurking in the back of the fridge; clean sheets straight from the dryer to the bed. What are you finding comfort in right now?

4 Responses to “Silver Lining Monday”

  1. ida b. says:

    “What are you finding comfort in right now?”

    Love.

  2. V-Grrrl says:

    My cats, who epitomize the simple life.

    My kids, who make me laugh every day, and laughing every day is a huge gift.

    Yeah fresh sheets.

    And good sex.

    And my perfect periwinkle bathrobe.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Four perfect pieces of Russell Stover chocolates in a tiny box that only cost $1 at Kroger.

    Sherry in Little Rock

  4. Jane says:

    Aw, Nikki, it’s also not easy for me to find the silver linings. I’m an avid dreamer, but when it comes to the everyday, I’m so there that it’s hard for me to see beyond it — it’s often hard for me to separate the political from the personal, work from home, etc. I’m just not good at compartmentalizing things.

    It was better/easier somehow when I had kids at home, and it wasn’t just me-me-me. I looked forward to being an empty nester, but in reality it’s not nearly as fun or as full as I thought it would be.

    My silver lining would be that camaraderie of other women I have found on the net. Knowing that we’re there, inspiring and encouraging each other, and able to share even the most flawed parts of ourselves without being derided.

    V-Grrrl, you know that robe is really mine. Give it back to me. 😉