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Is the Glass Half Full?

January 28, 2015

Have you heard of the famous glass? You have? Great! My question to you is, is it half full or half empty?


It is so easy in our modern age, with the Joneses seen on the TV, online and more, to think that we have nothing. But every time you think you have nothing, it’s likely the opposite. It’s the whole proverbial notion of whether the glass is half-empty or half-full. There is always something there. The pessimist sees the glass as half empty; the ‘optimist’ sees the glass as half full.

Have you ever considered that the glass has always been all full though? The bottom half is filled with water, and the top half is filled with air.

If you don’t see what you have today as something, that’s because you’ve been living in your own reality for too long, to the point where you take what you have for granted. You’ve developed a mental blindness to the value of what you have. You’ve experienced a sort of hedonistic adaption, forgetting the challenge of being happy and content.

Try mentally swapping positions with someone who is in an objectively worse-off situation than you. It can be someone who just got robbed, someone who just got retrenched, a jail convict sentenced for life behind bars, a patient suffering from a terminal illness with a month to live, a vegetable, a person with anterograde amnesia, a starving beggar with no home to go to, a bankrupt, someone with heavy debt to clear, a famine stricken child in Africa, etc – the possibilities are endless. How would you feel? What would you become? How would life be like compared to what you have now?

Suddenly, it’s apparent that there are so many things in your life you didn’t realize. All the things you have from before that you saw as nothing suddenly became something. Things like your 5 senses, your health, your freedom, your livelihood, your rights, your friends, your family, your knowledge, your skill sets, your abilities, your intellect, and many more. All these are real things, real tools to your possessions. They are assets beyond any doubt. There are many people who wish they have these, yet they don’t. Realize it or not, you are in a better off place than many people in this world. And, as I am always telling my sister, we are far better off than those in the past were. Remember,  focusing on the things that you do have now and making the best out of them are surer ways to move you forward in life than not recognizing them.

For it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. One leads out of the dark tunnel; one drives you mad.

Next time you look at the glass, realise that it is not half-full or half-empty. It is all full, if we look at it anew.


NB: I was inspired by Celes’ website Personal Excellence to writing this post.


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