It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Some of my favorite show to watch are: Antiques Road Show, Canadian Pickers, American Pickers. It fascinates me the items found are valuable, to look at them most would say they are junk.
I remember my Grandmother had a collection of old 78 recordings, for the younger crowd they were a record that had just one song on each side, my uncle took that collection over to somewhere in Michigan and turned them into cash.
When I was older I would tag along with my grandmother and other relatives to auctions in nearby communities. It was great entertainment to watch an auctioneer work with the crowd as items would reach the auction block. Items would sell, it seemed no matter how trivial the item, there was a buyer for those items. I wonder how many times at a yard sale were items worth more than a dollar but overlooked because the seller thought it was worthless.
I once heard a psychologist state that we have mere seconds to accept or reject things that we hear of see. If we don’t reject them within that time period they become part of our memories taking up room in our mind.
The idiom “every cloud has a silver lining” somehow is hard to accept when going through rough times. I admit that I have a hard time dealing with that saying.
To be honest I cannot see how some major hurts have a silver lining for me. Even as a former clergy and as a Christian, I balk at that. The two things do not mesh for me. Try as I might I do not see much of anything silver within all of those hurts, disappointments.
So, I have much work to do within my journey of introspection. Maybe, if I work even harder that I may find some silver to polish!