October 23, 2009
The Chaplain's Corner
"Silver linings" is a phrase heard with some frequency at Susquehanna.
Although we often use the term to describe good fortune, a silver lining actually presumes the existence of a dark cloud, behind which the sun is shining.
(Of course, there is another, more pessimistic way of looking at life: silver linings are but the shiny edges of much bigger and scarier black clouds.)
Shadows exist only because light strikes an object.
Rainbows generally appear only after a rainstorm.
Such is the Yin and Yang of life: light and darkness, faith and doubt, health and H1N1, alcohol abuse and responsible use.
These pairs are not components of a dualistic or binary system, but rather a testimony to the unitary nature of life that includes both joys and sorrows, clouds and their linings.
Since we know the blessings (and the curses) of life in close community, here's a proverb from Sweden worth contemplating: Joy shared is joy doubled; sorrow shared is sorrow halved.
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