Half-full or half-empty

Is the glass half full or empty? This is a question that can have many different but correct answers. It isn’t about how much liquid that is in the glass. It is about your personal outlook.

The other day, my son and I shared a coke. Well, that was what was supposed to happen but he ended up knocking the bottom of it and I only got a few sips. When I asked him why he hadn’t shared, he explained to me that we were supposed to get half. He also explained that his half was on the bottom so he had to consume mine to get to his before it got flat.

I couldn’t help but chuckle. How can you argue with logic like that? His attitude is admirable though it was selfish. He set out to conquer his half, which was on the bottom by chance. He completed his goal. He didn’t let the fact that my coke was covering his hold him back. He just drank it all. To him, the bottle was half full because the soda was covering what was rightfully his. He could be on to something.

I have a bipolar soul. From one day to the next, I can see the varying views. It is possible to be an optimist and a pessimist all rolled into one. It is also possible to change your views half way through finishing the drink.

There are days when I am a restless spirit. I crave adventure and excitement. I look at the cup and it is half full of my favorite refreshing beverage. It is cold and wet. The taste quenches my thirst but leaves me looking forward to the next glass.

The glass is half-empty when I think about all the chores I have procrastinated on. I look around at the house and I shudder at the thought. I drink a little from the cup but it is flat and stale. The longer it sits, the worse it tastes yet I know I can’t waste it so I must hold my nose and take a big drink anyhow.

The cup analogy can be used to describe many activities in life. It can be used as a mile marker on the road to succeed. An up might be described as half-full just as a down would be half-empty. There are many ways to break down this theory but when it comes down to it, the glass is as full or as empty as you want it to be. Drink from it or pour it out and start over. It is your cup and your choice.