How Full is Your Glass?
two million people die of dehydration.
So it doesn’t matter if
the glass is half full or half empty.
There’s water in the cup.
Drink it and stop complaining.
Sometimes I just need a reminder of how fortunate I am. I have the same amount of water in my glass regardless of whether it is half full or half empty. What determines abundance or scarcity is how I look at it. When I see scarcity, I hoard that water and no one but me gets a sip. Heaven knows I won’t even take a gulp of the good life. But when I see abundance, there’s enough for all of us to take a sip, enough to keep us all going so we can work together to find more.
I used to live with a scarcity mentality; I’d better keep things to myself because I might not have that opportunity or thing or money or friend if I shared it. I was more selfish and cynical. Over the last couple years, I have made an intentional choice to live in a world of abundance instead. I practice this by being generous with my time, resources, and skills. Amazingly, I always have more to share. This also helps me feel gratitude for all I have. Gratitude and generosity are feedback loops that encourage more gratitude and generosity, leading to more abundance.
The benefits of gratitude and generosity are well-known: they lower blood pressure; improve immune function; increase resilience to trauma-
related stress with better coping for the day-to-day stresses of life; promote happiness and well-being, and spur acts of helpfulness, generosity and cooperation. Paradoxically, even when my glass is only half full, my cup overflows.