Silver Lining

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Shake off your problems

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“A man’s favorite donkey falls into a deep precipice; He can’t pull it out no matter how hard he tries; He therefore decides to bury it alive.

Soil is poured onto the donkey from above. The donkey feels the load, shakes it off, and steps on it; More soil is poured.

It shakes it off and steps up; The more the load was poured, the higher it rose; By noon, the donkey was grazing in green pastures.

After much shaking off (of problems) And stepping up (learning from them), One will graze in GREEN PASTURES.”
This story has an important lesson of “learning from your mistakes and problems”. Throughout life we get these hardships to teach us… not to break us. They are there to help us learn and grow as people not to be salty. If you find yourself in a hardship, just focus on the learning and remember that all things that begin have to end… you will get through it.. I believe in you!

Everything will be fine


I am going to go to college soon.. And I’m scared. It’s not because I don’t want to go, but it’s because feel like I can’t be a kid anymore there.


I told my parents about this fear, and they said that I didn’t have to stop being a kid. This really struck me. I realized that in the end it was my decision how I treated the idea of going to college. I had chosen to see it as a milestone where I will be separated from my family and I will have to take the world on by myself. But it didn’t have to be that way.
I believe that our mind is so strong that if you think a certain way you will start to believe it. For me, thinking pessimistically is much easier than seeing the brighter side of the situation. Therefore, I was more inclined to think about college that way in the beginning. But now I have tried to change that way of thinking. I am looking more on the positive side of going to college. For example, I am thinking about how I will get to meet new people and maybe live in New York (which sounds amazing).
This idea of focusing on the other side can be applied to any situation.
For a pessimist it will remind them to think positively and not just end things because “they will never happen”.
For the optimist they have to remember to be careful in situations and not just think that everything will go their way. I don’t mean to put you down but sadly that is life… things don’t go your way.
Therefore, try to look at a situation from all perspectives before you make a decision. For me, I learned to look at the positive thoughts about going to college and now I am not so scared anymore.

New Possibilities

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                       Silver Lining Podcast #1: New Possibilities

             Starting from today, Silver Lining will be posting biweekly podcasts! These podcasts focus on topics covered in the past week’s posts, as well as helpful tips and discussion on the current season, which is summer right now.

              In today’s podcast, our lovely speakers discuss organization tips, our Gradient Hourglass poem, summer & reality, creating new possibilities during the summer, getting caught up with small details and how to cope, and the story of the $20 bill.

                We hope you enjoy! Please share it with your friends and enjoy the relaxing, insightful, and inspirational podcast! Leave a comment below on what stood out to you?


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