Look at the bright side?

By Charm Moreto Damon


“Look at the bright side” – easy to say, hard to obey, as they say.


But for at least one day this month, maybe we could all join forces in seeing the beauty in no-too-encouraging events and people in our lives today. Who would have thought that there is actually a “Look At The Bright Side Day” celebrated every 21st of December? I, for one, was not aware of this day dedicated to optimism.  Potentially, December could very well be the month when individuals become exponentially stressed as the Holiday season begins, the year ends, but many concerns are not necessarily addressed.


December also seems to be the time when many of us, with a day or two away from our daily routines, are able to reflect on how the current year has been to us, and vice versa, and sometimes we realize that certain personal goals that we set in January have only been partially met or not at all.  And for some of us, we might have listed a few expectations that we’d like others to have met during the year, but still have not been met.  And the list of stress-inducers at year-end continues…


However, if we do look at the bright side of things, we may come to realize that we are not the only ones being stressed out about a million things today – others are too, and that their concerns may in fact be bigger than ours.  Most importantly, at least I’d like to believe so, little and big concerns sort themselves out, in their own time.  This is not to say, however, that we should just sit and watch things happen to us, but that we just need to let life live, cherish people and experiences (not possessions), and not rush things, even if we live among a plethora of “instants” surrounding us today.


So moving on with looking at the bright side of things, I pledge to ignore concerns and fears that I have today, and instead look forward to cherishing:

  1. Afternoon snack time with my children when they wake up from their nap today.
  2. My 4th wedding anniversary dinner date with my ever so loving, supportive and funny husband.
  3. Christmas Eve family party on the 24th.
  4. The smiles, oohhhs and ahhhs as my children open presents from our many, many Santas.
  5. Another year of reading and writing for amsdaily.net, and more actively connecting with its contributors and readers.


And did I say I needed to limit myself to 5, only because I know I could list a hundred more now that I’ve put on my optimism hat? Why not try it tonight, tomorrow or just on the 21st? I bet you’ll have a few more, as we all look at the brighter side of things.


Happy “Optimisting!”


About the Author: Charm Moreto Damon is a mother, a TESOL professional and a freelance editor.  She graduated from the University of the Philippines, and pursued graduate studies at the Ohio State University, where she also taught academic writing and research to international students.  She is currently a stay-at-home-mom, and keeps herself busy with family, friends, and editorial work.   She writes for amsdaily.net regularly. She may be contacted at charm.damon@gmail.com.