My glass is half empty (yes, I did say empty)

Life is an adventure full of trials & tribulations where we are constantly reminded of the importance of gratitude.  I reflect upon this during times of good and bad.  We make choices each and every day, some more difficult than others.  And, no matter the pains, there is almost always someone else out there who is not as fortunate.  The reality of life is that it is what you make of it.  Preachy words…I know.  Nonetheless, words deriving from self-talk that exists to save ourselves from self-absorbed behaviors.

Depending upon perspective, you live life with a glass half empty or half full.  Optimists are taught to crave a glass half full while having a glass half empty is associated with a negative perception.  I’d like to flip the switch on this age old idealism.

What is so wrong with longing for more in life? Does this necessarily translate into not appreciating current blessings and what may already be in the glass?  I believe the answer to these questions may come down to an exercise of self awareness.

On one hand, my glass is half full.  I am truly grateful.  But on the other and more humbling hand my glass will always be half empty.  I don’t pretend to have all of the answers and can always make room for more.  I personally don’t believe there is anything wrong with craving more patience, wisdom, understanding and empathy while at the same time appreciating what is already in my glass.  I think the real lesson is that, whether your glass is half empty or half full, it is important to make every effort to raise it up and share it with others.

So proud of my son, graduating middle school.  And my daughter who is moving into her final year of elementary school.  They are my joy of life. Nothing makes me smile more than to watch them grow, celebrating achievements both big and small along the way.  And nothing makes me happier than seeing them at the start and end of every day. 💜

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