Glass Half-full or Half-empty?

Is this how an optimist sees a half-glass of water?
Should you be "optimistic" about a half-full glass?

To an optimist the glass is half full. To a pessimist the glass is half empty. To an efficiency expert, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be!

We might chuckle at the slavishly rigid, narrow perspective through which that engineer is seeing his world. But in a sense, he is no different from either the optimist or the pessimist. Each mindset creates a lens or filter that inevitably distorts one’s view of the world.

In considering how we typically see the world, the issue is not to categorize ourselves as either optimists or pessimists. Rather, the challenge is to remove or transcend our filters to see things with fewer prejudicial filters; more as they are.

Seen in this light, the half glass of water is neither half-full nor half-empty. It is, simply, a half-glass of water. That is neither negative nor positive. It is not good or bad.

Should you be "pessimistic" about a half-full glass?
Should you be "pessimistic" about a half-full glass?

Practice eliminating prejudicial distortions from your perceptions. Develop the habit of observing what you perceive, as it is.

When you perceive without judgment, you will increase your awareness which will enable you to perceive more — and more accurately.

Seeing more clearly, with fewer encumbrances of your own judgments, frees you to behold the world anew.

Being in the world this way, better enables you to act with more choices, as it affords you more opportunities to experience the world afresh.


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