What does this make possible?

Was I deceiv’d, or did a sable cloud

Turn forth her silver lining on the night?    John Milton’s Comus 1634

Many of us have something happen that we may initially think is really bad.  We can have an initial reaction that is very negative.  I have a question that might make you reflect and look at things in a different light.

As a loyal listener to Michael Hyatt’s podcast, I heard him tell a story about an incident that happened to him when he was CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing.  He was heading into work and fell down the stairs and broke his leg.  He had just recently became the CEO and he was very busy and this was the last thing he needed at that time.  Frustration set in initially and then he had to get medical help.

Michael explains how he changed his internal thinking and made a mind shift change and asked himself this question, “What does this experience make possible?”  He then details the positives that came about from this mishap.  He was able to get rested up as he had been quite busy with his work life.  He also got to start his blog, which I enjoy.  Many of his colleagues got a chance to step up in his absence and really showed they could perform.

Link to Michael’s blog post about this:


As the idiom states there is a silver lining in everything, we just need to find it.  What silver linings have you found?

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