How do you decide how much is in your glass?

Has anyone ever asked you, “Is your glass half-full or half-empty?” How did you answer? Did it reveal the kind of day you were having? Did it give away whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist? Or did it declare your worldview as one of scarcity or abundance?


The half-full, half-empty question is rhetorical. It’s asked to make a point, not to get an answer. However, the point this question makes may narrow the possibilities of many other points it could make? For instance, if you poured eight ounces of water into a 16-ounce glass,  you could still look at it as half-full or half-empty. But what if you got an eight-ounce glass and poured the water into that? You still just have eight ounces of water, but now it appears only as abundance. Change your glass, change your point of view.


Now, put the water back into the 16-ounce glass. Imagine you’re halfway through a marathon, and someone offers you this half glass of water. Do you stop and accept it, or do you run thirstily to the finish line? I’m betting you gulp it down. What we need at the moment often changes our point of view about what is enough. Remembering the old saying, “Something is better than nothing,” may help us realize that there is always abundance at hand if we keep our eyes and hearts open to seeing it.


Life coach Mark Desvaux says, “Some see the glass half full, others see the glass half empty. The enlightened are simply grateful to have a glass.”


If you carry the vessel,  you can be in charge of its contents. That’s because whether you think your glass is half full or half empty isn’t the point. The glass is refillable. So, if you’re walking around with a glass half full, drink up the abundance in it. Then go out and refill it with the abundance all around you.



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