Half Full or Half Empty

1stqtr07 555An outlook: tending toward optimism or pessimism

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford   

Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.  Author Unknown

  The image of a glass being half-full or half-empty is used to convey the concept of attitude. Looking at the glass as half-empty is thought to portray a pessimistic outlook as compared to looking at it as half-full leans toward a more optimistic outlook.

What does this reveal about us, our lives and our attitude? Let us imagine at birth, the amount of time we have to live life is poured into a glass. Our glass starts out as full. At any point in time we can look at our glass to determine how much time we have left to live, experience, and to accomplish those things we wish to do. Eventually, we look at the glass and realize it has reached the half way mark. The question is do we see it as half-empty or as half-full? How we view what is left in the glass tells much about us.

Seeing the glass as half-empty, can mean we have a disposition toward the negative or pessimistic side. We are running out of time; death is approaching; we have accomplished so little; our live is more a failure than a success; we may even lean toward being depressed and disappointed. Seeing the glass as half-full; we are more likely to lean toward the positive and the optimistic. Half of our life is in front of us. Based on what we have learned and done during the first half, there is much more we can do and accomplish with the time we have left. We are responsible for the attitude we choose to have, half-full or half-empty.

In many ways it is rather simplistic to think of a glass as being half-full or half-empty revealing so much. It would seem to be of minimal importance. It is this simplicity that makes it so profound. Do we look for the good or the bad, do we complain or make the most of things, do we have high expectations or low ones, do we think we can affect and control our destiny or are we at the mercy of whatever happens? Attitude is such a big thing, it is huge; it is everything. Where we go and what we do in life is largely dependent on this very basic nature; our outlook. We are choosing to look for and expect the good things or looking for and expecting the bad?

Challenge:Your attitude is determined by both your subconscious mind as well as what you do consciously. Your basic nature of pessimism or optimism has evolved at the subconscious level. You have conscious control of whether to accept or reject whatever thoughts are produced by the subconscious. Consciously, you can veto and override pessimism or negative thinking and replace it with optimism and positive thinking. It is a choice.

Wisdom: The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. Martha Washington

Spiritual: (NIV)

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Matthew 21:22

If any of your lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

The spirit with which we approach life makes a big difference on what kind of live we live and have. Those expecting little get what they expect. Those expecting more get what that they expect. It is no surprise that this goes along with the Bible’s teachings. Having a right attitude makes a difference. It is easier for some to have a good attitude than it is for others. By looking to God for help, we can develop a much better attitude to live by.

Prayer: Help me to open up my eyes and learn to look at the glass as being half-full.



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