We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
There is hardly a human being who has not faced any struggles or problems in life. However, what ultimately sets two people apart is how they react to those adversities. In fact, it would be fair to say that everyone reacts differently to the same situation. It is rather easy to be bogged down by the trials and tribulations of life, which makes this the more common reaction. Ironically, to most people, the prospect of staying in the gutter and playing the victim is more enticing than fighting tooth and nail for their dreams and aspirations. They throw in the towel at the first instance of hardship, giving up on the pursuit of their dreams. Shockingly, they then blame their “misfortunes” on their “bad luck“.
On the other hand, there are people, albeit very few in number, who actually see challenges for what they really are – opportunities. Difficulties do not dishearten them; they rather motivate them to work harder for their goals. They appreciate and value every little step they take toward their goals. No matter what the problem is, their focus always lies on its solution. They do not let challenges pull them down. Instead, they are always on the prowl for opportunities and make the most of such chances when they present themselves.
In a nutshell, difficulties are more a test of our character than our dreams. If we keep our poise and concentrate on finding solutions than on fretting and frowning over the problem itself, we are bound to succeed in our endeavors. It is, after all, important to keep our heads high and stay focused on the stars shining above our heads.
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, more commonly known as Oscar Wilde, was a prominent Irish poet. He once remarked: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”