A wise person once told me just do it, you never know what will come of it.
I heard those words as a young person, and they stuck.
Yes, we should make the most out of every situation and try and look to the bright side, but I'm talking about looking at more than just one side of the thing you are doing.
For instance, yesterday I went to a conference/meeting of illustrators in Pennsylvania. Needless to say, I did not want to go. I was tired, a bit under the weather, behind in every chore, and just a little crabby. But I paid for it, and I went.
The conference was actually great, but there was another side to it that was also great.
The event was located in the middle of a farm that was surrounded by cornfields. Reminded me a bit of New Hampshire. It was overcast, and a storm was brewing in the distance. Some of the dilapidated buildings on the premises looked ominous. It was the perfect setting for a horror story, and the perfect setting for taking pictures.
Although bucolic and lovely in spots, the other areas could have been straight out of Night of the Living Dead, so I snapped away.
I did not have a camera, so I used my iPhone.
Look for the funny within the serious, the hidden within the obvious, the emotional withing the stoic, or the love within the hate.
To me there are many sides to every moment.
Look for them--they are many times better than the obvious.