How You See the World
March 12, 2007
Is the glass half-full? Or is it half empty?
Both answers are wrong because each is biased.
The correct answer is that the glass contains water.
The same amount of water would be overlooked in a barrel and overflow a thimble. What is the point?
You perceive the world in relative terms because you grew up in relationship to other people. Your family had more or less than other families, and you complained that a sibling was treated better because he or she got more. More meant good. Less meant bad.
Reality is not relative, but the way you see it is.
If you feel rejected and at the bottom of life’s ladder, you find evidence wherever you look that the world is a dark and hopeless place. And you are wrong.
When you have truimphed and found love, been promoted to the coveted position, and are celebrated in the press, you think the world is a place of unlimited possibility and wonder. And you are just as wrong.
The world is neither good nor bad.
It simply is.
You, too, have the potential to be good and bad.
Cherish your good and build upon it. Neither ignore your weakness nor despise it.
Live in the empty and full part of your life at the same time.
Are you an optimist? Or are you a pessimist?