When life gets challenging, as it has been for me for about a year now,
I try to remember that this is just many hard moments, strung together, like a necklace, that I am passing through.
I try to find the new strength in myself.
I try to find the deep down lessons.
I try to see who I am now, that I wasn't before.
And what I have discovered, that I never would have, if adversity hadn't come my way.
It sure brings gratitude to my doorstep, when I remember to look for it.
It brings an optimism for better days, that I have never had to reach for.
But it has also made things much more crystal clear for me, of what I want and don't want.
Perhaps this is one of the greatest silver linings about hard times, in the middle of our lives.
So here I sit thinking.
A fish outside of water.