“The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.”
I came across this quote the other day and thought it explained perfectly how I see my view of the world. People often think I’m a pessimist because I talk and write about unpleasant things. I guess they think the way to deal with unpleasant things is to ignore them, and ‘hope’ they go away. Unfortunately, expecting the woes of the world to be magically fixed is not necessarily the best way to deal with the predicaments we are facing. I think that a better solution would be to acknowledge the situation as it is, and then work towards living a life that will be rich and meaningful even if these events do come to pass.
Knowing which way the wind is blowing and having an idea of where it will be blowing in the future allows us to adjust our sails so we are productively moving in the right direction, no matter what. If we simply sit by and complain about the wind or hope that it will change, we risk being buffeted by the enormous storm coming our way. So, plot your course, keep an eye on which way the wind is blowing, set your sails and enjoy the ride.
Photo by: wili hybrid