I remember so vividly, as I was growing up, my mother’s sweet and warm reassurance when life’s clouds were a little dark, “there is always a silver lining,” she would say to me. To this day I have remembered her wise words. I have learned over the many years since then, that within every trial or disappointment we face, there are hidden blessings and answers. Our “silver lining” when we are patient and wait for it, will always show us that there was something far better waiting for us. And, that no experience we have endured is ever wasted. Everything is used towards continuing to refine our character and to keep us reaching higher in all we aspire to become.