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“Is the glass half full or half empty?”


Does the way we answer the question, “Is the glass half full or half empty?” actually provide a clue about our attitude or the way we perceive things in life? In keeping with the intent of the larger question: some will say yes, some will say no, and others will say I don’t care—thus the ole different strokes for different folks! Ah, the philosophical question then becomes a psychological one.

I believe how we answer the “half-full/half-empty” question does reflect our attitude at a particular time in life. The mental filters engrained in us based on life experiences we encounter help form our attitude and views in life.

When things consistently go wrong, we tend to gravitate to the half-empty answer—we expect future events to be the same and become a PESSIMIST. Life sucks!ProverbialWaterGlassPessimist

On the flip-side, good things point our attitude-needle toward the life-is-wonderful-half-full answer. We expect good things to come our way and become an OPTIMIST. Life is great!ProverbialWaterGlassOptimist

Our attitudes/views can, and likely do, change during the course of life. That may be a good thing. However, the two answers above are not the only answers to the glass question. The question, itself, actually restricts our thought process and narrows our focus. When we think outside the “box” (glass), we realize there is a third, albeit theoretical, answer, which is actually the correct answer.

The glass is always FULL—half water and half air! Both components are equally important to sustain life. Without either, no one would exist to ask the question. The glass keeps the good and bad things about life in a state of equilibrium. One balances the other and helps keep life stable—never too high or too low.ProverbialWaterGlassRealist

So, the next time someone asks, “Is the glass half-full or half-empty,” think outside the glass, and tell them it is always FULL—because you expect the good, accept the bad, and keep on moving forward regardless of what happens. You have a stable mindset and your attitude actually enhances your overall performance. You’re a REALIST and enjoy life every day!

Is your glass FULL? Are you in control of your attitude? If not, reread this article. If yes, go forth and do something super! You’re ready for anything that happens!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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