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Glass Half Full

Updated: Dec 8, 2019

Day 283


12/6/19


Yesterday's edition of James Clear's 3-2-1 Newsletter (you should subscribe to it, it's truly remarkable, you can subscribe to my blog too if you click here) included a quote that I really enjoyed.


The quote comes from The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander (and the book has been added to my book list):


"People who describe the glass as half full are not delusional optimists. In fact, they are more based in reality because they are describing a reality as it is. The cynic who describes the glass as half empty is focusing their energy on something that is not actually there."


I really love this perspective. I consider myself an optimist, and I often try to encourage others to look at the bright side.


A glass that is half full suggests opportunity.

The opportunity to grow, to learn, to create, to add to what we already have.


None of us are immune from negative thoughts or moments of frustration about what isn't. But nothing good comes from dwelling on those notions.


A focus on what isn't is draining and gets us nowhere.

Let us turn our focus to what is.

A focus on what is gives us the energy to keep moving forward.

To keep moving forward toward true fulfillment in a world where possibilities are endless.


In searching for a picture, I came across this post titled Living the Glass-Half-Full Method published by Center for Change. I loved the last portion of the article, and I've decided to include it:


"When a glass is half full, that’s great. And yet, we’re constantly bombarded by the notion that even that isn’t enough. The inevitable feeling is that the only way to have a good life is when the glass is 100% full.


"This is not the case. Because here’s the thing: a glass that is filled to the top has no room for anything new. It has no tolerance for a little wobbling. The smallest bump and you’re going to lose something over the side.


"That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to fill the glass a little more, nor does it mean you have to add more of the same. Add some flavor. Add some ice. Maybe even a funny little umbrella.


"A glass that is half full gives you room to move and room to grow. You don’t have to lose anything in the process and you can keep adding and keep trying."



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