“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” -The Dalai Lama
Whether the glass is half empty or half full is an argument you never hear the end of. Of course, how you look at the glass shows your frame of mind. If your approach is pessimistic, you might think that the glass is half empty. But to the optimists, the glass may seem half full. So who is right? Well, there is no correct answer to what the state of the glass actually is – the only justification is in your head. So, let’s take a trip through your head, shall we?
You can fill the empty glass
Negative emotions run freely through your veins, while positive emotions seem to hide in the depths of your heart. This is why you think the glass is half empty most of the time because you choose to see it that way. But recently, if the glass seems emptier than usual to you, maybe you should take a step back and have another look at your thoughts.
Think of the empty glass as a chance for you to fill it with a drink of your choice. It can either be positive or negative thoughts. When you focus on the positive thoughts, your mood will lighten and your day will brighten. If you’re stuck in traffic and getting late for work, instead of being annoyed, take it as a lesson for you to get up early so that you won’t have to deal with such heavy traffic.
Soon enough, the glass won’t look so empty anymore, and even if it is, you can fill it up.
Interpretation of the canvas
Let’s say you are looking at an abstract painting filled with splashes of vibrant colors, and you notice an irregular brushstroke that seems a little out of place. Now, you can either enjoy the sight of the beautiful painting or you can let the irregular spot distract you.
If you are optimistic, the little negative things will merely remain in the background, and you won’t fixate on them. They are just there and won’t disturb you much. Rather than being pessimistic, have an optimistic look at your situation and surroundings in a way that uplifts your spirits. Take every difficulty as a challenge for you to prove your worth. With your newly found inspiration and motivation, you can find new ways to enjoy the good things in life even on stormy days.
A win-win situation
Feeling miserable about situations out of your control and being cynical about every hopeful thing is not a good state for you. You will just feel down, and your mood will dampen even more. And it will carry on until you just lose any sense of positivity. When too much pessimism clouds your vision, you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, even if it shines brightly in front of you.
So it’s time you seize your vision back and look through the glasses of optimism. You might finally see what you have been missing out on and have a chance at being happy. And this is what you call a win-win situation.