Glass half full or half empty?

Posted by Patrice Smith

The glass half full or half empty is a typical philosophical question asked to indicate whether a particular situation at a particular time could be the cause of optimism or pessimism.

Take a look at the three glasses above. The one on the left, empty isn't it? The one on the right, full right? Now look at the glass in the middle. What do you see? Is the glass half full or is it half empty?

Remember,  often times what seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.


  1. Matty said...

    It's all about your attitude. It's your attitude that shapes your perception of things. One can argue that the glass is half empty or full depending on what direction it is going. If it started out empty, you can say that it is half full. If it started out full, then perhaps it's now half empty.

    One person sees a wasted rainy day. Another sees an opportunity to get something done inside the house. It's all about your attitude. I firmly believe that life is 10% about what happens, the part you can't control, and 90% about how you react to it. If you are a positive 90%'er, then the glass is half full now matter where the water line began.

  2. Life Laugh Latte said...

    I have to say that I've read a lot of rants lately...and coming here is like a breath of fresh air. Thank you Patrice. Holly

  3. Patrice S. said...

    You sure are right Matty. It has everything to do with our attitudes and perceptions of certain situations.

    Holly, I'm happy you can come here and BREATHE :)

    Thank you!

  4. Joanna Jenkins said...

    I'm with Matty-- It IS all about attitude, it's just hard to remember that sometimes. This is a great reminder. Thank you.

    And thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you.

    Your blog is fabulous! I'm off to look around some more.


  5. Lloyd W. said...

    Might I suggest, as one my high school teachers told me, that the glass is never half-full or half-empty - it's alway's full ;)
    ...When it's just water, then it's full of water; when it's half-filled with water the other half contains air; and when there's no water in it, it's full of air...
    It's all about "perspective". ;-)

  6. Patrice S. said...

    hmmm.... that's an angle I never thought of Lloyd. It really is all about perspective, thanks for that addition. Really makes you think.

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