Things happen in life. Sometimes they're obviously positive, and sometimes they seem to be quite negative. Sometimes, of course, they are negative--but even in the very negative events, it's possible to find some sort of spark, some sort of message for us, some sort of learning that we're meant to do.
Recently, some negative things have happened to us, most notably a dramatic reduction in work hours. Because I wasn't in a position in which I could actively look for other work, I had to accept the reduction and make do with it. About a week after I found out about it, and opportunity came up for me to become involved in a program that seemed really fascinating. It's a program that gives help to people who are hurting, and it will allow me to work one-on-one with people who really do need some sort of support in their lives. The main reason I hadn't considered doing it before was that there's a fifty-hour training requirement--and guess what the reduction in my work hours allowed me to do?
Yes, we have to watch our money for a while. No, we're not getting rich--or even comfortable, for that matter. But I'm now able to do a type of work that I've always wanted to do, as we finished the training this past weekend. The very negative occurrence of losing a lot of hours and making much less money is very real, but one of the outcomes of that negative situation has been very positive. And there have been other positives--I've outlined my next novel, I've been able to do a lot of running (which keeps me in shape and helps me to clear my mind), and I've even cleaned and rearranged much of the house, something that my wife appreciates a lot.
Some things are very bad, and they help us to learn about our own limits and needs. Some things are very bad, and they open up doors in other directions that we might not see if we don't keep our eyes open. Within every occurrence are the seeds of positive and negative, but sometimes we get so caught up with the negative that we completely fail to see the positive. That's a shame, and it is our own doing. So let's stay focused on trying to find the silver lining in each dark grey cloud. It is there.