Happiness is... finding the silver lining

Posted by ~Summer~ on September 01, 2014
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It's not always about rainbows, unicorns and pots of gold. Not in anyone's life, not in mine too. Well, I do try to pen down more of my happy experiences and positive thoughts, but that doesn't mean I don't go through the downs that every of you go through. In fact, I think it is important to have both ups and downs in our lives so that we can better appreciate the good things that surround us.

I contemplated some time about writing this post but I think having the willingness to pour out my heartfelt thoughts was what made me struck a chord with many of you in the first place. August has been a bumpy month for me and while I stumble my way along the rock-strewn paths of marriage, motherhood and life itself, I look up and try my best to find that silver lining that lies in every cloud.

So in today's "Happiness is...", it's going to be a little less full of joy but nonetheless filled with hope. 


There were times when I looked at my reflection and wondered if I was a good mum. Sure, I cook, bathe and put the kids to sleep. But am I doing enough in developing and nurturing them? There just seems to be so much more I can do as a teacher, yet there seems so little time I can fork out each day.

There were moments when I tried to find myself on my map of life but couldn't really pinpoint where I was or where I was heading towards. Yes, the feeling of being lost. I wish I could be more sure of my direction but the truth is, I am only taking things one step at a time and see where life brings me.

Then there were situations where I felt stuck. Should I do this or that? Is this the right or wrong thing to do? Does this make me a better or worse mum?

Many a time, I find myself trying so hard to maintain a balance. To balance my roles as a wife, daughter, friend and mother. Sometimes I find myself falling onto one side and overlooking my other roles, and that is when I have to pull myself back onto the right track and think about the people and things that matter in my life.

I don't know if all mums do it, but sometimes when I see my child crying, I can't help but shed a tear or two. Actually, I don't know if it is because of empathy, pain or guilt. Or maybe a bit of everything. Or maybe, it is just another way to let out some emotions.

On some days, the world just seems a little more black and white and for some reason, these days are just duller than the rest.

Sometimes, it feels like I'm alone in the world and the only one who walks beside me is my shadow. This month, our love hit a rock bottom and while we try to work out the rough patches and rebuild the trust we lost, the hubby and I realise we have a need to rekindle the spark we once had.

Then there are the days where I feel in need of a superhero in my life. Days when I realise that much as I try to depend on me and just me for everything in life, sometimes it feels good to have a shoulder to lean on.

But despite the setbacks and shivering cold days that I may encounter in love, life and motherhood, I discover that there is something that is not so hard to be warmed. A heart. And when your heart is warmed, you are better able to spot the silver lining and feel more than ready to take up all the challenges that lie ahead.


So what are the things that warm my heart and give me hope?

They are the simplest things in life that I sometimes overlook when I get too blinded by frustration, despair or impatience.

I am reminded by the tiny fingers that stroke my face, pull my hair and hold my hand that my kids will only be young this once.

The sweet smiles on their faces when we are out that tells me the kids are happy and nothing else matters more than being together as a family.

The way she calls me "Mama" every morning or runs over to give me a hug and kiss out of the blue lets me know that I am truly loved.

When I look at the pictures of the kids growing up day by day, it just tells me that while I may not be doing all the right things as a mum, but I've gotta be doing some things right.

When I look at them fast asleep in my arms, it feels good to know that I can protect them and give more warmth and love than I had ever imagined.

I may not be the best teacher but hearing her many first words like "Cold", "Girl" and "Hot" and "Flower" this month just tells me that I need not be the most disciplined person and that every mother has her own unique ways to teach her children. No good or bad, right or wrong.

We may not be the perfect wife or husband or the perfect parents and we have so much to learn about loving relationships. But for now, I can safely say we are the best parents for our girls just because there isn't anyone who loves them, or needs them, half as much.

While I may not be able to protect my kids 100% of the time, in the first place I don't think there is a need to, at least when they fall, cry or get hurt, I let them be assured in the knowing that they are constantly wrapped in a mother's love.

When life takes a swing at you, I discover the most important thing is to keep calm and believe. With faith, hope and poise, it is possible to overcome any setback and through it all, you learn a precious lesson about life that makes you a better person.

I decided that while I may not be able to see a clear future, the best I can do is to treasure every moment of my present and as I live on with my loved ones beside me, I know I can write a beautiful life story in my twilight years.

So you see, slowly but surely, I will be overcoming the hurdles that lie ahead in all my interpersonal relationships and in life itself. I know that they will keep on coming and to make the most out of life, I have to keep on trying. That's the hardest yet the most rewarding part of it all, don't you think so?

Not perfect. Not the best. Not even close. But always, a happy and hopeful wife and mum.

How was August like for you? 


What are you HAPPY for this month? 

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  1. It is always the little things in life that make it easier for us to go through the rough patches in life. They help to smooth out the kinks and bring a spark into our journey. Hope that your patches get ironed out soon :)

    1. Yes, Dom, I know, the little things matter so much and they are so easy to be overlooked. =) Thanks so much, we will be fine and sometimes we just need a kink or two before we can go on the right path again! =)

  2. Your post made me cry. Again.
    Coincidentally I wrote about the same thing a few days ago - was I doing enough for my baby?
    I contemplated asking you how you do it because, in my eyes, you are a superwoman. Really.
    I feel you are doing a great job as a mom and I look up to you.
    I hope things get better soon.

    1. Oh dear.. Seems like my posts makes you cry easily! It might be a good thing, right? To let out some feelings and emotions, that is why I chose to write out my innermost thoughts too. I am sure you are a great mum though all of us will question that sometime or another. Remember I'm always here if you wish to write to me, I promise to reply! =) I'm definitely not a supermum or superwoman, but it never harms to make more mummy friends because we can learn so much from each other. Thanks for your wishes, let's jia you together! =)

    2. Oh dear.. I hope that didn't come cross they wrong way. Those tears came about because you write so well that I can feel the emotions. And that's a good thing! :)

    3. Haha thanks for telling me I write well, I always doubt that because I just type and type whatever I feel. I know I know what you meant. =) I'm just saying if you have doubts, you can feel free to write to me too. It feels good to share things with friends and through it all, I think we can learn a tip or two from each other! Thanks for being so supportive of my blog, you are amazing! =)

  3. I really enjoy your blog because it's usually bursting with optimisim. But we all have our ups and downs in life and that's real life. Hope that you're able to resolve the matter and get over the bumpy patch soon. Thanks for your honesty in sharing this post and how we can always find a silver lining despite the dark clouds. Jia you Summer. You are a great mum to your girls and are such an inspiration to many like me :)

    1. Aww thanks Susan, that is very nice of you and I appreciate your kind comment. Really. Thanks for the encouragement too, it means a lot to me as a friend. We should totally have a play date for the girls soon and catch up on each other's lives! You are an inspiration to many too, I'm sure you know that! =)

    2. Yes, we should! Let's arrange one. I'm sure they'll like to have some outdoor fun. I recently showed Sophie the art pieces that Angel did in Heart Studio and she said it's so nice, she wants to learn too!

    3. Yes, we should! Let's arrange one. I'm sure they'll like to have some outdoor fun. I recently showed Sophie the art pieces that Angel did in Heart Studio and she said it's so nice, she wants to learn too!

  4. those are really very nice pictures!! and you are doing amazing work with your girls!! :)

    1. Thanks Jiahui for the kind comment and for linking up! =)


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