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Do You Believe "Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining" or Are They Bad All the Way Through?

Asked by Aster (19984points) July 10th, 2010

Or in other words, will something positive come out of every rotten situation? There is some good in the worst of us, etc?

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judochop's avatar

Some clouds are just bad all the way through. I’d love to say that it is not the case and most times good things will find a way to become out of a bad situation but not always.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Sometimes poo is just poo and you can’t turn it into gold.

perspicacious's avatar

I agree with the others that not every cloud has a silver lining. I do try to find something positive in outcomes, but sometimes it’s just not there. Sometimes you see it much later. Sometimes, you see it right away. This is part of life.

josie's avatar

It just another way of expressing the yin and yang

Coloma's avatar


One can always find the positives, silver linings in any situation.

I have been housebound this week after a severe allergy/asthma attack from yardwork overload last week.

While it’s been frusterating of course, the positives are, I have saved money in gas and random recreation, I have caught up on all my household stuff, I am lucky that this hit came on a down week before a big job that I have on the books for the end of next week.

I have been able to watch some movies I have been wanting too, hang out more with my cats, and, inspite of feeling pretty damn crappy, am focused on these positives.

Even the darkest of tragedies has it’s silver lining, losing a loved one often leads one into a deepend state of compassion.

I have always admired John Walsh father of Adam Walsh the little boy murdered back in the late 70’s/early 80’s, that started ‘Americas most wanted ’ TV program.
A perfect example of turning ones sorrow into benefit for the greater good. :-)

Likeradar's avatar

It depends on your point of view.

Someone who believes there is a silver lining and looks for one will inevitably find it, and vice versa.

augustlan's avatar

I think there’s probably always something positive happening in a negative situation, but often it’s such a small something that it is little consolation. In most cases the positive probably won’t outweigh the negative, but it can at least temper it.

Likeradar's avatar

@augustlan Very true, and it’s kind of what I was getting at. I think we all know the kind of people who would say (and truly mean) something like “I had the nicest conversation with that young man in the ER waiting room today!” rather than focusing on the negatives.

sharpstick's avatar

Of all the negative things life has taught me one of the positive things I have learned is that given time good things can come from bad situations. Even if it is the ability to warn others.

aprilsimnel's avatar

“Clouds” = Lessons to learn

Learning the lesson is the silver lining.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Problems don’t come with compensatory benefits.
If you tackle a tough situation or problem and solve it, the things you learn about life and yourself in the process may both make you stronger and wiser and also build your sense of efficacy – the belief in yourself that you are capable and resilient in the face of challenges.

Coloma's avatar


Well said…yes, self empowerment is another variation of the silver lining.

Aster's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence I’d rather not learn lessons than have clouds-especially black clouds. ))=:

sharpstick's avatar

The trick is to not only learn from your painful experiences but from those of other as well and maybe avoid some of the cloud altogether.

Coloma's avatar

No pain no gain.

Whether it’s cutting your first baby tooth or learning the hard lessons of life…it’s how we the little weed pushing itself up through the concrete towards the sun. ;-)

eyeDani's avatar

I’m a little pessimistic but I do think every cloud has a silver lining.

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