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Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Every cloud has a silver lining Vidya Sury

i believe in looking for the silver lining in every situation in life, especially when things seem rough, simply because that is a great way to see the positive side, learn, and move on. Recognizing the good in every experience, every moment, keeps me balanced and happy.

Today, I am thrilled to have the gorgeous Nabanita Dhar grace my space with a lovely guest post that is completely in sync with this blog’s attitude. I am sure you’ll love it as much as I do!

Nabanita is one of the most prolific writers/bloggers I know and I am in awe of how she does it. I admire her warm and engaging writing style. I’ve known Naba for several years now, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her in person, too.

She is a SuperMomWoman: a Software Engineer, Freelance writer, Blogger and a working mom. In her own words, “Writing is her poison”. She loves spending time writing and reading more than anything else. Some of her short stories have also been published in anthologies. Please follow her on her blog, and connect with her on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Dear friends, please join me in welcoming Nabanita!

Every cloud has a silver lining Vidya Sury

Presenting…

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

by Nabanita Dhar

When I first read this adage as a kid, I ran out of the house to look for the silver lining in the clouds. How beautiful it would be, I thought, the silver peeking out through the white and grey clouds. Of course, I couldn’t find any. Though the clouds were in plenty, living as I was in the abode of clouds then (Meghalaya, for the uninitiated), there were no silver linings. None whatsoever.

Of course, I was too young then to understand the difference between literal and figurative interpretation of sayings. But once I did, I realized there are times when even looking for that proverbial silver lining leads us nowhere, until it does. Yes, because as hard as it might be to believe at times, that silver lining is always there. It is always there.

These past few weeks have been quite difficult in the city I live. With curfews, unrest, and agitation, the common man here has been having a hard time which obviously includes me as well. Added to that with the husband being out of town, the difficulties have only multiplied.

Living alone with an infant is truly not easy. Not to sound like a whiner, but commuting with the little one, using public transport and all the time worrying about her safety has been quite taxing. Cabs being cancelled at the last minute or just completely unavailable or having to venture out with her on days looming with uncertainty hasn’t been easy on my mind. And as it generally happens, my mood started going into a downward spiral overwhelmed with all that I had to worry about or take care of alone. For some reason, everything and everyone seemed to be out there to get me. The clouds didn’t seem to have any silver lining for a long time until they did.

Strangers can sometimes chase away all the gloom

A cabbie, seeing me stranded with my daughter, weighed down by worry and those heavy bags on my shoulders, decided to drop me home even though he was done for the day. Not only that, he even played songs for her, carried my bags and made sure I was comfortable all the way.

All this when I was on the brink of despair, stranded with the little one while everyone was scurrying home. I won’t lie–I was almost in tears when this good man went out of his way to help me, he was my silver lining that day. He was all heart and I must have done something good for karma to bring him my way.

One of the by-products of curfews is working Saturdays which inevitably presses the panic button in me as the crèche doesn’t function on weekends. But because there is no dearth of goodness in this world, my daughter’s creche was open on that particular weekend to help us working moms.

Yes, you are right, it was the silver lining again. I can’t believe I was worried about putting her in that crèche. The people there, those sweet women, I can’t tell you what they do for mothers like me. I feel like hugging them to show how grateful I am. In fact, I probably should.

Juggling so many things from dusk till dawn, I move from panic to frustration so many times during the day that I have actually lost count. But then, something happens out of the blue which makes me feel extremely grateful as well. People going out of the way to help me, people I have never met in my life and probably never will again.

If this doesn’t keep life and love thriving in the universe then what does?

So, when you are down and out, unable to spot the silver lining, remember that it is indeed right there. It is always there.

Vidya Sury gratitude

And indeed it is! Thank you Naba!♥

Do you believe that every cloud has a silver lining?

Can you recall a time when you saw it?

Please do share in the comments!

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Joy
    September 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    How beautiful, Naba! I love looking for, and being open to, the blessings in the silver lining *that is always there, even if we can’t see it*. Your post, here, is probably the silver lining for quite a few readers of Vidya’s blog. Thank you so much to both of you for this loveliness, on a day I am making extra time to notice and celebrate loveliness!

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    Shailaja Vishwanath
    September 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    You don’t know how much I needed to read this today. Coping alone with an infant is never easy and with the unrest in the city it’s worse! Thank god for that creche and the cabbie. Really!

    Vidya and Naba, thank you! I’ve had a rough week, plagued by worry and anxiety and also some physical pain thanks to feverish feeling all of yesterday and today. It does help to look for that silver lining every time.

    Mine, I suppose, would be that I have a wonderfully flexible work team who can take over when I am ill, unable to do things. Today I am also grateful that V is home for the weekend
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      Vidya Sury
      September 23, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Dear Shailu, I saw your post on Instagram and was sad to know you’re not feeling well. I wish you a speedy recovery – the past few days have been turbulent indeed. I It is a blessing to have a flexible work schedule. Otherwise imagine all the adjustments one has to make! Rest over the weekend, and I hope you feel much better quickly! Hugs!
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      Nabanita
      September 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Oh Shailaja, I hope you feel better and things get sorted to your heart’s content. I can only imagine what a flexible schedule can do in times like this. So, thank God for that. Hugs and you know I’m right here if you need to talk. ❤️
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    Kathy @ SMART Living 365
    September 23, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Nabanita (and Vidya!) Thank you so much for this post and reminding us all that our happiness and wellbeing is a choice we each make every day. While I know that sometimes there are very difficult challenges to be faced and would never deny that, you have shown that choosing to look for good and holding that belief in the long run is always beneficial. Your daughter will certainly benefit from your awareness too. And even though I can sympathize with your day-to-day difficulties from what you have written, I can see that things will work out for you and that your good karma will continue! Thanks again for your words. ~Kathy
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      Vidya Sury
      September 23, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Hi Kathy! Happy to see you here! You are right about things eventually working out, because they do. I am realizing that more than ever these days. Also, many things that appear to be going in a different direction from what we plan, are probably headed that way for a good reason. Often, they make way for better things. 🙂 Going to read your post now. Have a good weekend!
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      Nabanita
      September 24, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Thanks so much Kathy. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to be mindful and look at my blessings. Like you said, it’s hard sometimes but even the smallest effort helps. Hope you have a great weekend full of blessings 😊
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    Esha
    September 24, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Thank you for such a wonderful post Nabanita! It is tough going but say to yourself that the silver lining does come to one’s help miraculously! Stay strong and be hopeful that this too shall pass. Life is so much more than a sum-total of all our experiences and every day us a discovery. Sending you hugs and praying that things look up for you and you feel better.

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    Birgit
    September 24, 2016 at 8:32 am

    It’s funny…not 2 weeks ago I was looking at the clouds and as the sun shone on them the edges were lit up and it was magical. When I hear people who are upset and sad because they can’t buy that certain dishwasher or they hate their job where they can be on the Internet, inside and comfortable, it irks me because so many live In a place that is not the safest just like you are going through. That cabbie was your silver lining for sure and brought back your faith.
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      Vidya Sury
      September 24, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      🙂 You’re right, Birgit. In the larger scheme of things, so many things don’t really matter, do they? It is the little things that stand out and stay in our hearts! Hugs!
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      Nabanita
      September 24, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks, Brigit. I was actually reading Arianna Hugfington’s, Thrive and it echoes the same idea that you put here. It’s all about perspective. 🙂
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    Shalini R
    September 24, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Thanks Naba and Vidya for this lovely post. That cabbie surely was your silver lining because I understand how difficult it is to find yourself stranded on the streets, esp with a kid. I hope things work out for you and that you feel better. Hugs.
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    Rachna
    September 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Indeed, Naba. I loved the positivity of this post. There is always a silver lining. I had a rough week as well. Sometimes, I thank my resilience, at other times my family and colleagues and friends who help out when I feel that the things are going completely out of hand. And if everything else fails, I hug Coco. He immediately gives me love and strength and makes things seem better. Lovely post and love to see you here on Vidya’s blog.
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      Vidya Sury
      September 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you Rachna! I love how our loved ones make us believe in ourselves and make us feel stronger, and as a bonus, strangers too!
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      Nabanita
      September 24, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks, Rachna. Sometimes I wonder what we would do without our loved ones. And then I hope that we never have to know that. Hugs ❤️

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    Nabanita
    September 24, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for having me in your space, Vidya and thank you for the lovely words. So happy and blessed to have gotten to meet you through blogging. Hugs and I love you, you know that, don’t you? ❤️
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      Vidya Sury
      September 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

      I am honored to have you here, Naba. Hugs. Yes, I love you right back!
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    C. Lee McKenzie
    September 25, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I love hearing about people who go out of their way to lend a hand just when that hand is sorely needed. Great story about the cabbie. His karma soared!

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      Vidya Sury
      September 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Me too, Lee! In fact, there is one website that only publishes good news of this sort. Hugs!
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    Lisa Pomerantz
    September 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    A pleasure to meet/read you Nabanita! Vidya has great choice in allowing such a great post to grace her presence and enhance ours. I was alway a very glass half full person, sunny disposition and Mary Poppins if you will! I had begun to lose that when I somehow (silver lining) found Vidya. Her positive energy has reinvigorated mine. SOrt of git my head put back on straight! Reading her great posts, and your now, has helpmed me tremendously! M’wah to you and Vidya today, and all days! I’m smiling large now as I drink my morning cuppa coffee. Cheers to you both! <3 <3 <3
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      Vidya Sury
      September 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      What a wonderful comment, Lisa! Hugs! I am so glad I’ve met you, too! Isn’t it great how we can connect in spite of being so far geographically? Mmwah! Love you!
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    upasna
    September 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

    This post of yours Naba with a cup of coffee in my hand as first thing on Monday morning…was a blessing.
    Thanks a ton for writing this for all of us who need it. I really need to see silver lining amidst all the tough times at Home. While I am hoping to get it over soon, I cannot run away from it. The only thing I can do is to endure it. I am in the same shoes Naba as yours as I too leave my Toddler to Creche daily- thankful for all these wonderful ladies who Loves them(our Kids). They are a blessing to us. Lovely read. Thanks Vidya Mam for sharing this.
    You added a silver lining to my day and transformed my gloomy Monday to a happy day.
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