Is the glass half full or half empty?
I think about this idiom in my day to day life,there are times when I’m an optimist and tell myself the glass is half full, then something happens and my perspective changes I see the glass as half empty.
Buddha remarked, “Life is a creation of the mind”.
Shakespeare said “there is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
Flip Wilson’s character Geraldine brought this idea to life, when he said,”what you see is what you get”.
Something which is important to note which makes a difference is to understand what we see in our life has a lot to do with how we see it.
We fail to see our lives objectively, we are subjective creatures hence we see our lives through filters. We all have our personalities, we see things differently.
The word therapist frightens us because we are worried they may change us completely, it is a wrong idea according to Psychologists, they try to help us to see the world more accurately to live our life effectively.
I was always made to believe I was a poor student and I’d never be successful. I was never confident of myself even though my profs. thought I had a lot of potential. I remember I visited a family friend after my final exam, she asked me how was it, ‘will you pass’ ?
As usual I said I did not know.
She remarked,”maybe you’ll pass and will get third class.”
I was unhappy, but lacked the optimism to tell her, no I’ll do better. Here was a person who knew nothing about me but did not hesitate to pass her judgement about my academic capability. It was one of my siblings who put this idea in her mind.
No one in my family ever listened to me with any kind of interest. There was no one in my family who ever took the time to understand to know me. One person who would have shown interest was my father, sadly he died when I had just turned twelve.