Saturday, December 31, 2011

Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

For too long now,
I have seen the glass as half empty.
So, today,
I have made myself a promise to retrain my thinking so that I can begin to see this glass as
half full and more!
I began by choosing beads of many sizes, shapes and colors to represent the blessings I encounter each day.
Some blessings are very big and full of potential.
Some blessings, especially when compared to others, seem much smaller, but they are still blessings.
Then there is the mixture of blessings that come in all different shapes, sizes and colors.
We often don't realize that these are blessings, 
and this is what I need to do.
In my glass that is half full, I begin by adding a big blessing to my day.
Can you see?  The water rose above the line.
Now, the glass is more than half full.

I add some more beads or blessings to the glass.

 The water level rises, and there is more color in the glass--blessings.
  Again, I add more beads (blessings) to my glass.
There is even more color, and
the water level rises a bit more.
Do you see where this is going?
One last time, at the end of the day in my case, I add more beads (blessings) to my half empty glass.
The water has risen a bit more.
This glass cannot be called 
half empty any more.
This glass is truly more than half full.
Then when you look at what's inside the glass, you begin to see the colors, the shapes, and the sizes of the blessings in the 
half full glass. 
At one point, this idea of the half full glass was hard to see.
When you checked the mark on the glass and saw the water rise, you could see that there were blessings in the glass,
to really see these blessings,
you had to look inside the glass.
Look at how pretty they look--disorganized, on top of each other--but they still look pretty!
Looking outside the glass at the rising water levels, helps,
looking inside helps us to visualize how truly blessed we are.
I need to do this everyday to change my thinking.
My glass is half full and not half empty.

1 comment:

Sharon Driscoll said...

What a beautiful visual Mallory to go along with the analogy. Talk about a creative soul!