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An Optimist Stops Searching for Silver Linings

How I learned not to fix, but to listen

Photo by Simone Viani on Unsplash

I love a silver lining, a glass-half-full, a light at the end of the tunnel. Is this hopeless optimism or willful ignorance? Survival mode or delusion?

My daughter, now a young woman of twenty-two, comes to me with problems. Some are small: she FaceTimes me to help her lock the lid on her…




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Laura Friedman Williams

Laura Friedman Williams

Author of AVAILABLE: A Very Honest Account of Life After Divorce (Boro/HarperUK June ‘21; coming in May ‘22 from Harper360). Mom of three, New Yorker.

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