Half-Empty or Half-Full?

I’m sure you’ve heard this question many times:  Is the glass half-empty or half-full?

Half-Empty or Half-Full?

Half-Empty or Half-Full?

The theory is, that if you’re an optimist you’ll see the glass as half-full, while if you’re a pessimist you’ll see it as half-empty.

Technically, both answers are correct.  Whether you can really tell if someone is an optimist or a pessimist by the answer to this question is beyond my area of expertise.

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.

To your happiness!

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  1. marnie

    January 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for the advice…I never really thought of it that way before.

  2. Tim McLaughlin

    January 19, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks, Marnie.

  3. Cassandra

    January 19, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Wow! I haven’t heard that before. What a great way to look at the world. Thanks!

  4. Tromler

    January 20, 2009 at 12:22 am

    I really liked reading this post. Made me think a little differently. A new prospective on an old idea of seeing.

    • Tim McLaughlin

      January 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks, Tromler. Sometimes it does help to look at things in a different way.

  5. Tim McLaughlin

    January 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Cassandra, thanks for visiting and for the kind words.

  6. allglamour

    January 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I heard about this “Law of Attraction”. We have to invite positive karma by believing that those wonderful situations will be ours once we claim that those are true and are existing in our everyday life. This works for me

  7. Tim McLaughlin

    January 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    The Law of Attraction certainly works in my life. I know there are many people who don’t believe it could be possible. However, I’ve found it very real. I first learned about it by reading Joe Vitale’s book The Attractor Factor. I’m still amazed at how my life has changed so significantly since putting those principles into practice.

    Thanks for visiting and please drop by regularly.

  8. Nicholas

    February 8, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Before thinking of it being full with more than just the liquid contained within, I considered a glass that was being filled as being half full; and a glass that was being emptied as being half empty. Does anyone else have that thought process with this?

  9. Tim McLaughlin

    February 8, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Nicholas, that’s an interesting way to look at it. So with your thinking it’s kind of the expected end result that determines whether it’s half-empty or half-full, right? Thanks for stopping by. Please visit and comment often.

  10. Nicholas

    February 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Tim, that’s right, the expected outcome is how I view the current state of the glass.

  11. Tim McLaughlin

    February 8, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I like that. Interesting way to look at it that I had never considered. The idea of looking at things from another perspective was why I wrote this post. You’ve found another way to look at this “half-whatever” glass thing.

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