Painting of Dale Damon
The first quarter of 2013 is almost over; it seems like we were all just celebrating its beginning, and setting humble and grand goals for ourselves. As we evaluate what we have so far accomplished, how many of us could say that we are where we want to be in our goals timeline despite life’s demands and surprises? How many steps forward have we taken to achieve our goals only to have to take a few steps back to accommodate life? As frustrating as this situation may be, I’d like to remind myself, especially this month of that ever so sparkly “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Just as there are multiple other sayings and metaphors in different cultures that echo the same message, “a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” seems to be a picturesque, calm journey, even designed for us to find an even better ending to our journey, versus the “light at the end of the tunnel” that alludes to experiencing “dark” before “light. Now, if only our journey in life mimicked such a colorful experience from beginning to end! Wait, it could! If we want it to!
So, whenever that grey hue (or “you”) tries sneaking in your already colorful life, think not just of the pot of gold of the end of the rainbow, but also the red, orange, yellow and other vibrant colors of everyday if or when you:
- Lose your wallet on the subway (a reason to buy a new one!);
- Hear about a friend’s dishonesty (another reason to evaluate your own values!);
- Don’t land your dream job at the United Nations (an opportunity to better your craft);
- Mess up a doctored pancake recipe (a chance to discover your ability to double-doctor the same batter and succeed with the help of the oven!); and
- Not have an article completed due today and decide to dilly-dally even more by playing artist with your child, instead (a fantastic reminder about holding hands with life and loved ones, and surely being inspired to finish that article!).
What color will you paint that seemingly grey moment today?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.