“Verily with every hardship comes ease.” — (Al-Quran)
My heart is sinking into my boots; I don’t feel like doing something creative; I am at my wit’s end.
These are the expressions that reverberate around us time and again. We are confronted with problems, worries and angst daily. We tend to be pusillanimous on the petty issues. We pettifog on the problems.
How piquant a flavour is! When you guzzle the tangy drink made of lemons sweetened with sugar, the experience is out of this world. You just lose sight of the acerbic taste of the lemons. It gives you tantalizing sensation in the sultry summers. In the same way, optimism instils hope in one and courage during the odds of one’s life. Staying positive ensures positive mindset and ultimately positive results.
Let’s take the world from a different angle. Let us be optimistic and believe that “Every cloud has a silver lining.”
To have everything one wishes to is being on a fool’s errand. “If wishes were horses, the beggars would ride,” we know. Optimism and determination are such traits that extricate one from the darker side of life and make him relish the absolute experience of what is called passion, perseverance and diligence. As Richard Nelson says, “One of the saddest lines in the world is, ‘Oh come now – be realistic.’ The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.”
Life is not a bed of roses. It is an amalgam of twists, tumult and turmoil. One has to ride the roller coaster of the changing treads of life. It, like lemons, has acrid traits, is fraught with tedium, implacable fronts and lackadaisicalness. We are dejected and crestfallen at times. To be optimistic and diligent in face of all odds defines a courageous man. Because the evening of life brings with it its lamp. Night is replaced with the morning and so is tumult with felicity. The days of grief would soon be on the ebb; the days of misery would soon be history—such is the standing of an optimist. He has a staunch holding that “hope brings eternal in the human heart.”
The world is replete with the examples of men of courage. Life gave them disappointment, rejection and dejection. Life gave them lemons but they made lemonade of those. Who knows not that Abraham Lincoln belonged to a penurious family, but with his hard work and determination, he achieved the status of President of the United States of America. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, and many others are the embodiments of some similar story. Their life was all at sea but by sticking to their colours, they kept on moving and ultimately revolutionized the world.
Time glides by but the attitude of a person remains intact in minds. The days of gloom come to an end one day but it is the temperament of the sufferer that echoes in mind. So, when life thrushes us, let’s accept it with a smile.
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