Nature's Wisdom Oracle by Mindy Lighthipe, published by Schiffer, I pulled the Bat.
This is certainly not a cutesy version of these nocturnal creatures - I note the strange, pointy nose and the sharp little teeth. Nevertheless, the keyword here is beneficial. Mindy talks about bats pollinating flowers, dispersing seeds and eating insects, and suggests that, just as the bat has a reputation for being scary but actually does a lot of good, a situation which may appear frightening might in fact have hidden benefits.
As someone who lives with a keen gardener and knows several others, one of my associations to bats is also a beneficial one. Bat droppings, or guano, are considered a great source of manure to fertilize plants and gardens. Once again, something we would normally see as bad shows its positive side.
This reminds me of Arwen's (of Tarot by Arwen) catchphrase - Seek Joy Y'All! Arwen works at being a professional joy seeker, and I think this is a great approach to life. As she says, if you look for joy you can find it, even in very small things, until it piles up into a great big heap of joy. And something that seems negative almost always has a positive side if we actively seek it.
In terms of joy, Arwen certainly made my month of August as I was lucky enough to win her July competition! And her monthly Tarotscopes are always fascinating, filled with wisdom and nuggets of happiness - you can check them out here. Not sure where the downside is there - it's all joy!
I am grateful for the encouragement to see the silver lining in any cloud.