“The pessimist complains about the wind: the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” -William Arthur Ward
The optimist, pessimist, and realist. You may be familiar with the first two, but not so much the third. William Arthur Ward’s quote outlines the basic fundamental differences pretty candidly.
We are given lots of advice. Our parents and teachers told us to be optimistic. Hope for the best. Look at the sunny side. Think of the glass as ‘half full.’ The problem with this view is you spend all your time looking and waiting and not doing. It is, after all, the realist in Wards words that goes anywhere.
Several years ago, a book was released entitled “A Rich Man’s Secret.” Even though the story line centered around a true blue rose, the real point of the book is similar to Ward’s quote; do not rest in or fear the future or past. These are areas of time over which you have no control. The only control you have is in the PRESENT. This is where you must live, work, and think. To spend time in any other state but the present is not only a waste of energy but also a loss of your present self.
Therefore, live in the present. Do not spend time worrying about the past or future. Adjust the sails. Make progress.
NOTE: “A Rich Man’s Secret” by Ken Roberts is available at Amazon through THIS LINK.