Based in Frederick, Maryland, Digital Ink & Parchment is a blog by Alexandria Pallat. Her posts explore the integration of faith in every day life.

Look On The Bright Side

Look On The Bright Side

Sometimes it’s hard to see the ray of light in an otherwise unwanted and frustrating situation. We are angry or fearful, so it’s harder to focus on the good that can come of it. I was presented with just such a situation recently, and it made me reexamine my response to frustration (yet again).

My hours were recently cut—pretty severely—at work due to some overwhelming changes that are happening with the business in general. Even though I’m a professional-level employee, I am still an hourly employee, so this severe cut in hours also means a severe cut in pay. While having an extra day is nice from a personal standpoint, it’s risky from a financial standpoint. And this change is effective immediately. I was infuriated. I didn’t have any time to prepare or plan, so I scrambled for an answer—and a possible solution for my boss—as quickly as possible as my mind tried to process what was going to happen.

I didn’t know what to do. So I texted my mom. Then one of my girl friends. Ever the optimists, these two women instantly started throwing out positivity like it was their jobs.

Mom: “This will help you focus on your business and how you envision your career. This time is for you.”

My friend: “That sucks. I know it sucks. But it’s probably one less day of day care for Belle!”

It’s really hard to stay angry when you have wonderful people around you fighting for you to look on the bright side.

While this may not actually mean one less day of day care for Belle (at least not all the time), it does mean I get to take time to focus on my business and what I want out of life. It is an opportunity to truly practice self-care and alone time. I now have a dedicated day where I know I can schedule doctor appointments, vet appointments, therapy appointments, or do whatever chores I didn’t get to over the weekend. I have a dedicated day to my business. It’s (almost) like I got time back.

I have been praying lately for time. I have felt so very stuck in a lot of ways, and I have been praying for a sign of what is next. I’m not sure what exactly this is a sign of, but I do feel God is telling me that something else is coming. Through all the difficulties I have faced in my career so far, I have felt God is preparing me. For what, I don’t know. I wish He’d tell me, but God doesn’t work like that.

While I’m waiting, I’m going to create a life I enjoy. And so should you. Surround yourself with people who throw positivity around like birthday confetti, even when all you want to do is be negative. Surround yourself with people who love you even when you don’t love yourself. Surround yourself with people who will speak Truth into you—and to you—even when you’re believing the lies the enemy, your anxiety, your depression is telling you.

And don’t forget to look for the light, even when all seems dark.


An Unlikely Trigger

An Unlikely Trigger