Is your glass half-empty or half-full? The answer might be the most telling in regards to a well lived life… or not.
I find people with positive attitudes are happy no matter what is happening. Oh sure, they have bad days, sad days, and even mad days. But in the end, no matter what is going on, they seem to revert back to happy. Or content. Or just a fallback position that everything will be good in the end. Or maybe they just appreciate even the smallest bright light.
I’m lucky to be a half-full person. I don’t know how I would have survived without this glitch in my brain. It makes my life possible. It’s why I feel blessed.
This morning I watched an interview with Dr. Michio Kaku on the Daily Show. He’s written a book “The Future of the Mind” and I can’t wait to read it. As a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism I am aware of the vast untapped miracles that happen in our heads… Dr. Kaku takes the premise a million steps farther. What I would give to hear a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Michio. And the thought that these new ideas and research can help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia gives the greatest hope to this growing tragedy so many face.
But back to the glass…
Life is not as straightforward as the simple joy of having a positive attitude. The best thoughts won’t get you far if you aren’t willing to walk-the-walk and do the work. An extra dose of compassion and kindness is essential. I also believe in karma playing a massive role in what this life hands us.
And don’t get me started on the contemplation of what that glass looks like. A wine glass, coffee mug, sippy cup, water goblet or whisky tumbler. I may be taking this a little too far.
What about you? Empty or full?