Are you a “half full or a half empty glass” person?
Most of us are familiar with the concept of being a “half full or half empty glass” kind of person. We all know what we SHOULD be, but how honest are we with ourselves about our view of the world? I remember being shocked to discover that I was so often not the half full glass I thought I was. It was pointed out by one of my nearest and dearest that I always noticed “what was missing”, and wanted things and people to be “different and better”.
Since then I have been trying to catch myself, and have committed to being a grateful person, appreciating what is. But focusing on the ‘half full’ in life, and feeling grateful takes ongoing awareness, and practice. The good news is that PRACTICE MAKES PROGRESS!
Sue Bender, in Attitudes of Gratitude reminds us that all out attitudes are the result of what we have practiced! The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is ……. “The Pessimist is someone who has exercised the muscles of negativity and lack till they are strongly habitual, while an optimist is person who has developed thankfulness and a can-do attitude until they are second nature”.
A great way to strengthen the ‘gratitude muscle’ is to take a few minutes daily (in the shower, in the car) to think about all the things in life that we are grateful for. Jotting them down in a journal daily helps fill the glass and our enjoyment of life. Try it!