When someone uses the “glass half full” or “glass half empty” device to gauge another’s outlook on life, I get it, but there’s something tickling in the back of my mind that considers it a false choice. What about evaluating the glass, taking a moment or two to think about its contents, and then filling it up to the optimal level, wherever that may be?
Sure, this assumes that I’ve got access to something to fill the glass with. That’s just how I think. I’ve got plenty. I’ve noticed that the things I focus on multiply and grow, and in some cases take on a life of their own. When I act like I have enough, I do. When I’m grateful for the things that make me happy, they appear in abundance. When I talk about, think about, and invest in the parts of my life that are on the right track, they continue on that path. On the other hand, when I dwell on things that are challenging or harp on disappointments or bad karma, they become exacerbated. When people, companies, and organizations spend most of their time and energy talking about things that aren’t going well, trying to fix what’s broken, always striving for more of everything, I can’t help but wonder how things might change if they spent the same amount of time and energy perpetuating the things that are going well, maximizing what they already have.
When we operate and act like we have everything we need, like we have more than enough, like we have plenty, perhaps that’s when we realize that really, we do. Grab the glass. You’ve got what you need to fill it up.
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