“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
William Arthur Ward
This quote appeared in my twitter feed this morning and I found William Ward‘s descriptions of optimism, pessimism and realism very interesting. I consider myself an optimist but thinking it over, I realise I have a tendency to complain and moan and whine about whatever may have occurred. It is then that my optimistic instincts kick in – I look for a resolution, a positive or some hope. But the niggling pessimist in me pipes up and asks “what if?” This then leads to the realist in me – I will make precautions and do what I must to account for the “what if”. It would seem that people are not easily defined as one of these things and that human nature, more often than not, is a mixture.