Half Empty? Or Half Full?

Hi family,

For a brief moment think about a glass that has water poured half way into it. Is this glass really half way full or is it half way empty?

For some they believe it is half way empty. They look at the short-comings. They compare things with the ideal and just can’t seem to be happy unless everything is absolutely perfect. They look at the negatives, the drawbacks the gap between what happened and what should have happened.

Some go around wearing frowns on their faces because they always look at what went wrong even if a million things have gone right.

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Then there are those who believe that the glass is half way full. They count their blessings. They acknowledge when progress has been made and try to look on the bright side of things.

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They mostly wear smiles and are happy when things grow or get better even if it’s not perfect just yet.

There maybe a few exceptions to the rule but many psychologists say that optimists believe the glass is half full and pessimists believe it is half way empty.

Regardless of what you believe, not everything will be perfect. However, life is far too precious to be walking around with a frown. Look around you hundreds of thousands of people have died because of the recent Carona Virus but you are still here. That’s enough to be thankful for! Every day we live is a gift.

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So, if you always go around with a frown remember the one who woke you up this morning. God could have chosen not to but He made you His priority. While at present some aspects of your life may not be the best we still have many things to be thankful for.

Being positive and happy is even good for our health. On the other hand being negative, upset or worried has a negative impact on our health.

Smiling not only improves our mood but helps our bodies release cortisol and endorphins that provide numerous benefits including:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced pain
  • Increased endurance

However, it is said that frowning puts more pressure on mucles and being angry has a negative impact on the heart and lungs.

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Let’s count our blessings! We serve a wonderful Saviour who loves us unconditionally. He did not sacrifice His life to see us frown everyday. He wants us to be happy. He has provided health, food, clothing and shelter and family and friends for support.

Let us be more positive. Think about God’s love and goodness that has brought us through and can bring us through again.

Stop doubting, stop worrying, stop being easily angered. God sees, He knows and He understands. God has a plan just for you but while He reveals it while the door opens praise Him in the hall way!

So family, because we know the wonderful God we serve let’s have a brighter perspective on things. Let’s be more positive.

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12 thoughts on “Half Empty? Or Half Full?”

  1. Not sure if my last comment went through, so trying again. This is such vital perspective! Since we tend to get what we are expecting, let’s be full of expectation for blessings! Thank you for a refreshing post ?

  2. This was just what I needed to read today. My cat woke me up at 6:00. Then I heard the pouring rain outside and realized that mountain walk I had been planning was out of the question. Then I discovered my wife had bought sugar-free marmalade. By this time I was feeling positively murderous. And then I read this and felt ashamed. Yes, we need to focus on the positive. I have adjusted my attitude: my cat gives me a lot of love and affection; the rain is necessary and we haven’t had much this year and besides, I can go to the mountain when I want – many are still in lockdown and can’t do so. And at least I have marmalade and lots of good things to eat!

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