So, I saw this movie yesterday, The Silver Linings Playbook. It was really good. Really really good. Is it sad that I feel like I can relate to the main character? How he acts on the outside is kind of how I feel on the inside. It makes me think that we’re all crazy; it’s just not always visible.

There was one particular scene that I absolutely loved and it was a little refreshing actually. It’s nothing new and I’m sure it’s been said before. But before I go on, let me ask this: How do you feel at this moment on a scale of 0-10. I guess 0 would be the worst kind of depression maybe, while 10 would be winning the lottery and magically losing 30 pounds. That’s quite a bit of area to cover with 11 numbers but just go with it.

Are you a 2? Feeling alone perhaps and not sure what the future holds? Are you an 8? You had an amazing hair day, someone picked up your dinner tab, and on the way home you opened the mail to find a refund check maybe? In the movie the main two characters, Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) enter a dance contest. The judges give their score and the average comes out to be 5.0…out of 10.0….

…And they could not be more excited!! I laughed heartily at their joy and excitement. They were overwhelmed by the sheer awesomeness of the situation. Everyone in the scene could not understand why they were so excited. They looked at them as if they were completely nuts (which they kind of were). You see, Pat’s dad is a bit of a gambler. And to win this certain bet, they had to score a 5. And they got it!! I guess I didn’t have to tell you too much about the scene, so thank goodness it’s not too much of a spoiler. But they got the 5 and things could not have been better. But everyone’s just standing there looking and wondering, why are they so happy about a 5.0?

I thought, “If I could only be so happy when I have my 5’s”. Or 4’s or 3’s and so on. I’m betting that 0 thru 3 kind of suck. And that 4 thru 6 are ok to good. While 7 to 10 are really good to amazing. But it’s easy to celebrate the 8’s and 9’s. It’s much more difficult to see the silver lining in the 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s. But if we can, if we can stay positive enough to find that lining, then even a 5 can be a stepping stone to victory. And that is worth celebrating.

Today, you might be having a 5 or a 10. Either way, celebrate it. Embrace it for what it is. Know that neither is permanent, but both have a purpose to make you the best possible you that you can be. Have an awesome (insert your # here) day and find that silver lining! Excelsior!

Excelsior is Latin for “ever upward” 🙂

4 thoughts on “Excelsior!

  1. Something good to think about. Thank you for sharing, Jason. I think I had a 1 on Sunday and I’m trying to recover from it. It’s not easy.It was nice to find you in my inbox today! Hope you and your beloved are doing well!


    1. No problem, I write better when it’s positive anyways haha. Well, let’s hope that your 1 becomes 2 and then 3 and that it keeps going. I’m glad I could be of some encouragement to you. And I need to start looking for silver linings myself, I’m sure they’re there if we try to find them. Kind of like God, we can’t hear him if we’re not listening. 🙂


  2. Yes, my dear! We need to celebrate Jesus through those low digit days. Silver lining for us is we get to come home to each other. 🙂 I know the last 1-2 years has been really low digit for ya, but I appreciate you and your effort to see silver linings. I love you… – the wife


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