We Are All In The Gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars – Oscar Wilde Quote

We are all in the gutter:

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“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

– Oscar Wilde

I bet the first line in the heading tipped you off as much as it did to me. I was wondering, why would Oscar Wilde say something like that. Especially the we are all in the gutter part!

But then I realize that there is something even more powerful in the second line – The looking at the stars aspect.

We are all in the gutter: What Does It Mean – Problems In Life?

Taking it on the analysis level, it quite simply states that we all have troubles of our own. I guess I can safely proclaim that none of us have a very easy life. We all have challenges in various aspects. If our physical well being is perfect, we are worried about our relationships, if those are great we are worried about the career and if that is great we are worried about the society and if that is alright we are worried about our finances. There is simply too much in life to be concerned about. And there are simply too many challenges to focus on.

But what Oscar Wilde says next is extremely important. It kinda reminds me of the quote from Randy Pausch.

“You can’t change the cards you are dealt with, but you can always change the way you look at them”

I guess it is true, I mean we all have problems of our own and none of those are going to solve themselves unfortunately. We are supposed to do our due diligence to it and work our way towards solving them or atleast addressing them to the best of our ability.

We are all in the gutter: The Chain Of Problems

But there is a simple trick to it. We can’t just look at the problems and try to solve them alone – that is quite  straightforward and there is a word for that – Fire Fighting. Well it might solve the problem at the moment but it doesn’t solve the issue we are facing. There usually is an undertone to what we face and there usually is something associated with it, a message or a call for action if I may. Most times we realize that the problem is usually something else than what it appears on the outside. For example if you think you are fat, the problem is not just overeating – it might also be that you are doing binge eating for a stressbuster or you are not working out enough or you are not managing your time efficiently. It depends on what reason we offer for that.

(PS: I feel a little overweight when I write this and I am figuring out the real reason 😀  )

We are all in the gutter: Looking At The Solutions

However, the point is just that we can’t look at the problems alone and try to solve them. We have to start looking at the solutions. Sometimes or rather most times the answer is not in the problem. It is in going beyond that problem or the gutter if I can make a comparison. The solution is in how we look at it.

It reminds me of another thought – What you see is what you get.

It is a simple trick – focus on what you have – that is the trick of happy people. The more we focus on the trouble, the more sucked in we get. However if we start looking at it from a different angle and start asking that question constantly as to how we can make it better or how we can solve this problem, then maybe we are headed closer to the solution.

As always, we don’t want to leave you with advice and say carelessly that things are going to be ok. We understand that life hits a low sometimes and we also appreciate that things can be incredibly hard. And here is something we would recommend as you go through the 6 Confusing Quests To Solve Your Problems All we are gonna say is that only we have the real solution in our own hands. How we look at it and how we proceed with the problem makes a lot of difference.

And that is our quote of the day through Oscar Wilde. Stay tuned in for more such inspirational quips everyday.

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    • Thank you Datta :). I do agree that all of us have our own share of problems and we would love to solve them. The attitude alone is not going to make the entire difference, but it sure is gonna take us there, very very close 🙂

    • Thank you Somali. I loved this too, such a spectacle right? Oscar Wilde sure has a way of putting across his thoughts. And hope could not have been put in a much better way 🙂