WHY NOT SPILL YOUR GLASS? This morning while I was meditating on what the blog’s topic should be, I went to the old thought about whether you think the glass is half full or half empty. I had an interesting thought and it may be significant to a person’s ability to be successful in life. Let’s look at how limiting either concept is derived and maybe a new way of thinking.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
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Is the glass half empty or half full?
“Is the glass half empty or half full?” is a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview. The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one’s point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble.
This idiom is used to explain how people perceive events and objects. Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one’s interpretation of reality. The phrase “Is the glass half empty or half full” can be understood also as a philosophical question.
Another perspective comes from psychology, where research has shown that a speaker’s choice of frame can reflect their knowledge of the environment, and that listeners can be sensitive to this information.
The optimist says: “The glass is half-full.” The pessimist says: “The glass is half-empty”. And while they are arguing, the pragmatist takes the glass and drinks it.
This brings me to my “out of the box” thought why would we stop at the glass either half full or half empty? Are we willing to accept half of anything? I seem to think it is the person who is not willing to accept a part of what life offers that succeeds to life’s maximum.
Maybe, I should put it another way, if any of the people who have become household names would have stopped when apparently their glass was full, we may not have the pleasures of their inventions, the serenity of their words, the artistic revelation of their creation. As I thought of this mental repertoire it started to be obvious that we want to live life’s glass so full it overflows to the point of spilling onto the surface of our souls.
These are my thoughts but I find relevance in my life and I thought I would share how spilling life all over me has helped:
- As a child, I tested boundaries with a directional tip of the glass by reading everything I could get my hands on. This increased my curiosity which has served me in my writing quest.
- I wanted to overachieve in school by taking each test, each assignment, and each homework task very seriously. This helped me set goals as I went out in the working field.
- It was never enough to show up for work; I had to find a way to be promoted, noticed, and appreciated as an exceptional employee. This helped me when I began to think outside the box and realized I am a problem solver and this ability enabled me to achieve levels of accomplishment.
- I have never been scared to “spill” my glass’s content and have continually taken on tasks and projects with a fervor of spirit. As a project manager of several large projects, I have grown in the ability to “get er done”.
- I am not scared to dream big. I don’t say this to boast but to say dreams never come true unless they are dreamed. As I said, don’t be afraid to dream big. Think of it this way, if you only dream small, and your dreams do come true it will be a small accomplishment. Dreaming small is the same thing as glass half full and you can never have more unless you can see the glass over full to the spilling capacity.
- I don’t take criticism as a bad thing but a growth experience. If everyone tells me only what I want to hear, I don’t get better. Fresh eyes are welcome and unless you can accept advice you can’t envision how enhanced you can become by expanding your thinking.
In conclusion, I want to summarize this thought with my theory of:
” I never want to think about my glass half empty as that encourages a depressed thought of emptiness and I want my life full. I never want to think of my glass half full as it limits my expectations of what I can accomplish. I want to think of my glass overspilling because even if I can’t drink all of the spilled amount, I have at least given my pouring of life the most I can fit into the glass. I can never be disappointed because I have had more than the others who settle for either the half empty or half full life.”
Think about this and let it soak into your mind. I am pouring life to as much as my glass will hold and I hope it spills out all over the place.