This is a post that I wrote on another blog that I no longer tend to. When you read it you may ask how it works for the caregiver. I believe that if you get it, understand it and take it for what it is worth, it could be not only be a way to look at caregiving but a way to look at life.
We have all heard of the glass being half empty or half full right. Someone asks you to imaging a glass in front of you and the liquid inside has been poured to the center line. I prefer vodka but you can put any liquid you want in the glass. Then you are asked the proverbial question. Do you see the glass as half full or half empty. Go ahead an answer now.
This quick and simple little test is supposed to answer a bigger question. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? So based on what you decided earlier, do you think the test is right?
In my opinion (and of course that’s all I give around hear) it’s a trick question.
I have always seen the glass as being full. Not half full,FULL.
Even though we don’t see it, there is something in the rest of that glass. Air… Dust… Your reflection. Whatever it is, something is in the glass at all times.
Is this some deeper test of your perceptions? No. Does it mean that if you see the glass as always full you’re a complete and total optimist who is happy all the time? HELL NO!
We are all pessimist. We are all optimist. It just depends on our mood and our circumstances at that moment.
As I see it, it just means that I have good moments and bad moments. I feel tragedy, loss, sadness and fear. I also feel joy, love, hope and excitement.
A full glass is all consuming, and it is filled to the brim with all these things. What I am saying is everything that has happened in my life has made me who I am today and that will continue to happen till the day they put me in the ground. Every day, hour, minute and second of my life, whether good or bad, makes me who I am. Possative or negative, it is still there and how I deal with it makes me who I am. It is an uneasy and sometimes scary choice on how we tackel it. but we still do it. the good. The bad. Thats life. I say embace it all. Learn from it, enjoy it, remember it, love it.
We all have a life. When I see the glass this way it means I have a full life.
SO, would you like to retake the test and answer the question again?