Glass half empty - Glass half full
January 18, 2007 7:36am CST
Life as we know it, will always dole out duds and winners. It's how we percieve such handouts that usually dictates how we live our lives. A lot of people have it so good, and yet they are unhappy because they want more. They do not look around and see that they have it better than most people - glass half empty. There are also people who we might see as so hard-up that we wouldn't want to see ourselves in their shoes. Yet, looking at their faces, you'd think they had the whole world in their hands and are happy for what they are and have - glass half full. Which one are you? Glass half empty or glass half full?
• United States
18 Jan 07
Well! I am an optimist so, in all walks of life I have always looked at glass half full and I always make efforts to not to get myself looking at the emptiness of the glass. I guess it all depends on howmuch you want out of life. Sometimes, you will be happy for what you have sometimes one gets greedy so, they may not be able to look at the water in the glass at all, even if the glass is full :)
19 Jan 07
I, too, try to be as optimistic as possible about life and try not to let the snags get me down. I believe that greed can be a motivator of sorts though, not a good one, but still a motivator, to probably do better and to achieve more. As long as you do not hurt anybody in the process, or step on anyone in your quest for "more" or to fill your glass, I think it is okay, to some extent anyway.
18 Jan 07
if you have given the example of glass then i would like yo tell you that it is depending on the way you take it for examplr ; you are given glass half filled with water then what you will say , you will mostly say that it is hafl filled with water and i will say that it is fully filled half with water and half with air !!!!
19 Jan 07
Hahaha. Yeah, the part of the glass filled with air is the part where dreams reside. I gave the example of a glass because it does explain both sides, one of pessimism and the other of optimism. Seeing things in a good light or in a bad light can make all the difference as to how you live your life. And yes, the glass being full, half with water ( what you have ) and half with air ( what you dream of having ) can also be true. :)
• New Zealand
21 Jan 07
We have two children (and a third on the way). The older one, Jay looks at life as a half full glass, and contentedly relishes the contents! The younger one, Kavi looks at the same thing as half empty and expends energies to find ways to fill up the glass. Then with a sense of accomplishment he looks around for approval with glee. Both are delightful, though the younger one makes up for his petulance with a very demonstrative and loving nature. At various times, I have looked at something from both perspectives and rejoiced in either or become dejected. But learning from our children, it matters little if we perceive the glass to be either half full or half empty. What matters is what we do about it. If the glass is half full of the good stuff - savour it or fill it up, hoard it and savour it. If it is half empty with the poor stuff, rinse out the glass and make space for the good stuff.