they say an optimist is one who looks at the half-full glass, but it suddenly dawned on me today that seeing the half-full glass can have a different meaning.
optimism is to do with what your expectations are of the future. but what about the here and now, what about the way we experience the present moment?
I wake up and survey the reality I’m in – there are unpleasant factors in this reality, there is pain and heartache and all sorts of stuff I could grumble about, there are things I’d love to have but they are absent from my half-full glass. I could very easily focus on those, I could very easily get dragged down by the half-empty part.
or I could look at the positive parts of the same scene, and allow myself to feel joy and gratitude. there is so much good in my half-full glass!
here are just some of these things, in no particular order:
- the birds singing outside
- the pretty flowers in the garden
- people who like me
- a home which is safe
- a laptop that works
- a loving husband
- ways of being creative
- stuff that makes me laugh
- a loving and forgiving and patient God
- clothes to wear, food to eat
can you think of ten?