Saturday, 11 August 2012

Some Saturday soul food: William Arthur Ward

Jardin du Luxembourg
Hello you gorgeous Planetarians. It's been a mixed bag of a day on Planet Baby. We started with the excitement of having a small, not-for-profit group use our front door for a scene in a film shoot. The pixies were enthralled. Then we all scooted off to Joshie's soccer match, played in the mud and biting cold. The score? 7-1 to us. Woo hoo! We scampered to the car just as the rain set in. We've since been cooped up inside, passing our time with playing with Star Wars Lego, attempting tug-of-war with Joshie's dressing gown cord, baking cupcakes, cooking roast chicken and playing Junior Monopoly. Mr PB has headed off to his night job, bless him, handing the reins back to me.

Given the stunning success of the Australian yachting team at the London Olympics in winning our 3rd sailing gold medal yesterday, today I've chosen something with a nautical theme. 

It's by William Arthur Ward (1921-94), an American writer.
The pessimist complains about the wind; 
the optimist expects it to change; 
the realist adjusts the sails.
As a sailor's daughter, it really appeals to me. And with the challenges life has thrown me in recent years, it's one I'm grappling with.

I used to be an optimist, then became a pessimist and am now almost a realist! Still with a dash of optimism thrown in.

Where do you rank yourself? Are you any good at adjusting your sails? Dive in and share with us, as always.

Oh, and on a side note, although such things don't normally bother me, I've noticed that these 'Some Saturday soul food' posts aren't being read as much as my other posts. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. 

Would you prefer quotations from different people (eg more of the classics and less pop culture or vice versa)? Or do you find this column at odds with my blog's general tone? Maybe you love it but just don't comment. I just can't work it out! I'd really appreciate any constructive feedback you may have. Thanks in advance...
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