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Silver linings

By David Lynch



While spending time in the hospital this past month to deal with a difficult situation, one of the phlebotomists offered some familiar words of encouragement to help me get through the day:

“In every cloud there is a silver lining.” Then, she provided me with an example.

She noted that she only had to stick me once instead of several times to draw blood from a sensitive part of my hand. And she was right: I am sure sticking me several times would have hurt much more.

For you, the dark cloud may be more serious and difficult than just getting blood drawn. Maybe the cloud is finding out that your chronic disability is getting worse or that your increasing age is taking a toll on your body. Maybe it is the loss of employment or of a special relationship. The cloud may be the loss of a loved one. The cloud may be causing great sadness and even depression. Whatever the situation, there is a silver lining and hope of a better day to come.

Over the years I have been asked how I get through the struggles and difficulties that I face with a chronic and progressive disability. I cling to the faith that I have in God. He provides for every need and provides comfort to face each day. For some of you, clinging to family or something else may be what gets you through the difficult times. It is important for all of us to look to the silver lining and hope of a better day.

When I look to the silver lining I am reminded of the song You Will Never Walk Alone, originally performed in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Broadway play Carousel in 1945, by many artists in the years since, and made famous the world over by Jerry Lewis, who sang the song annually at the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon.

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

As we enter a new year, it is important to remember that when the clouds of difficulties and struggles come our way, we need to look to the silver lining and have hope that there is a better day to come.

About the Author

David Lynch was a member of the executive committee of CDS’s Community Advisory Council. He passed away in March, 2016.

As a self-advocate, David brought a personal perspective to navigating the disability community and was passionate about seeking improvements for persons with disabilities.

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  • The other day someone asked me what to do if you’re having trouble finding the silver lining. I encourage all readers of this blog who are struggling to find a silver lining to seek out a friend to talk to. If a friend is not available, seek out a pastor or a member of the clergy. Also, utilize your employer’s employee assistance program (EAP), available to help employees through struggles. Finally, if the struggle is so great, seek out a mental health professional and get help.

  • David-
    Your silver linings blog post was golden! People need and deserve more encouragement and hope, not less! Your blog provided that! Glad you are better!

    • Thank you for reading and responding to my blog

  • Thank you David for your beautiful and positive life lesson. We are all so fortunate to have you.Thank you for teaching me how to face life’s adversities with courage and faith in God.
    God Bless you!

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. Thank you for the kind words.

  • David your words are very inspiring and encouraging to all people with or without a disability. God bless you

  • David,

    Thanks for your encouraging message and ability to out life in perspective. Truly inspirational!

    • Thank you for reading and responding

  • Again,thank you for your words of wisdom. We miss you but praying that you will be able to be out and about when you are able.

    • Thank you for reading and commenting on the blog. Hope to see you soon

  • Great job my friend , words were so touching and inspirational ! Words to remind us that no matter what , when we fall we can get up because we are not walking alone !

  • Gret job my friend , it was very touching and encouraging to hear , no matter what get up and keep going because you are not alone .

  • David,
    Your post is wonderful! You words will continue to provide inspiration to everyone who reads them. I believe there is a silver lining in every cloud and it takes a positive person such as yourself to continue to find them!
    thank you!

    • Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • How does one spell a synonym for ‘SPIRITUALLY INSPIRATIONAL’? One spells it:
    “D-A-V-I-D L-Y-N-C-H”, that’s how.

    Thank you, David. You are a consistent model of inspiration for all of us. from Florence, Italy, Jan 20th, 2016. Lou Arena

    • Thank you for the kind words. I can now say my blog’s been read as far away as Italy. Feel free to share with the students and individuals you meet in Italy

  • Thank you, David, for this uplifting and inspirational message. May God bless you.

    • Thank you for reading and commenting on the blog.

  • David, you are an inspiration to all who know you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

    • Thank you for reading and commenting on the blog. I can now say that my blog’s been read as far as Italy.

  • Truly beautiful David. Hope you are feeling better.

    • Thank you for reading and commenting on the blog

  • David, your blog entries are always so positive. Thank you for helping us all to look on the bright side of life.

    • Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog. I believe it helps all of us to look at the bright side of life in order to get through each day

  • We all need this kind of encouragement sometimes. Thank you!

    • Yes all of us need encouragement sometimes. I think too often in our world today people look to themselves instead of encouraging and helping others

  • God bless you for your thankful heart and faith in His sure promises, David. Psalm 121

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. The Scripture your reference gives us guidance to know that our help comes from the Lord. When we are having trouble finding the silver lining is important to cling to our faith and know that the help comes from the Lord.

  • Great post, David. Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Thank you for reading and commenting on the blog.

  • Very powerful and uplifting, David. I will keep you in my prayers.

    • Thank you for reading the blog and commenting. All of us need a little encouraging sometimes and I felt it was necessary to pass this on in my blog

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