The Bright Side
For a psychiatrist, looking at the bright side is often better, no matter what the situation is. It is the glimmer of hope that makes a lot of difference. Instead of being weighed down by negative developments, you should reconsider your blessings because others may not be as fortunate.
Looking at the bright spot in every situation provides us a glimmer of hope. That’s why I like the demeanor of Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat and her feverish enthusiasm. There is a happy tone in her voice, and the way she delivers her message. I feel like singing “Happy, I just want you to be happy.” Meanwhile, fear and paranoia bring out the virtue of obedience in us.
One thing that makes this pandemic meaningful to me, and I believe to most of us, is the appreciation of what we have. Various postings on social media platform can attest to this appreciation. This leads me to reflections that are more often gratifying and uplifting because I am an orphan.
I think about how lucky most people are--those who have their parents with them, those who have siblings and children who care for their elderlies, and those who value and treat friends as members of their family.
In contrast, there are people who would lock out, even family members who are in need of assistance.
As a psychiatrist would say, behavior during adversity brings out the best or the worse in people.
This pandemic is a defining moment.
It affects everyone, including the corporate world. In fact, some high-end restaurants were forced to close shop--a happening that this corner wrote about in the first few weeks of the pandemic-cum-lockdown.
The iconic, highly exclusive members-only Tower Club, located at the top floor of PhilAm Life Tower, is closing its doors in January next year. This means goodbye to Tower Club’s two outlets--the Chinese Restaurant and the Music Bar and Lounge which has an enclosed smoking area. There, Thursday was an open night where anyone was welcome to play the grand piano and sing. It was a watering hole for the weary and tired business leaders.
Another restaurant that is reportedly closing, if it has not already, is People’s Palace in Greenbelt 3. This Thai restaurant offers savory Thai delicacies such as mango sticky rice, pandan chicken and mouth-watering curries with spiciness adjusted to the diners' delight.
At the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), more and more outlets were closing their doors. In a salon I used to frequent, the padlock is now a permanent sight. The operator decided to transfer, instead, to Poblacion area in Makati which is called the “backwell” simply because it is located at the back of the high-end Rockwell complex.
Despite the enactment of Bayanihan We Heal as One Act, the landlord at the BGC refused to provide the flexibility and financial assistance to the salon while the strict lockdown was enforced for nearly six months.
In the property and finance sector, while most bankers and brokers have yet to feel the impact of the crisis, there seems to be a reduction in the movement of real estate, particularly with the exit of several POGO operators from the country, including their employees. Isn’t this a welcome development, anyway?
There’s always a glimmer of hope--a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
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