Inspiring Reminders to Think, Live and Love Well

Inspiring Reminders to Think and Live Well

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Half-Empty or Half-Full?

Half-Empty or Half-Full? 

I love this article by Tim McLauglin.  When you're asked whether  the glass is half-empty or half-full, how do you answer?  Usually we assume that the optimist's glass is half-full, while the pessimist has a half-empty glass.  Tim offers a new perspective:

A Different Way to See It
Here’s how I actually look at that glass.
It’s completely full.
Now, you may be thinking I’m crazy, and who knows, you just might be right.  Please let me explain.
The glass is half-full of water.  However, the other half of the glass is full of air.
You may think this is silly, but here’s what I’m thinking.  When you see the glass as full of both water and air, you’ve changed your perception.  You’re looking beyond the obvious.  You’ve opened your mind to other possibilities.
Break Out of the Rut
The next time you find your thinking stuck, look beyond the obvious.  Is there another way you can look at a particular problem?  Can you change your perception of the situation?  Let your mind wander and be open to other possibilities besides the obvious ones.

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