Half full or half empty?

The seemingly simple question, “Is the glass as half full or half empty,” tells us a lot about our view of the world.  Our view of the glass has a big influence on how we act.

Half full means we see the positive.  We don’t listen to negatives.  We push on in spite of all obstacles.  This is good.  Right?  Or, perhaps we become like Pollyanna and unable to see the bad.

Possibly.  Half empty means that we see that everything is not fine.  There are problems and I see them.  This can be enervating if that is all we see.  It can also mean we prepare for all contingencies.

For me, it has been debilitating at times.  The first thing that I see is what can go wrong.  It becomes difficult to act.  If I can get past that, then I am good at planning and taking care of problems that may arise.

Remember the lesson from the Tao, “Who can say what is good or bad?”

1 thought on “Half full or half empty?”

  1. If the glass contains bad tasting medicine then half empty may be the positive thought.

    If some strangely written recipe calls for one-half glass of wine then the thought may not be either positive or negative, just accurate.

    From an engineering point of view the glass has twice the capacity needed. This is a positive thought as there is additional capacity or a smaller glass may be used.

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