As I’ve spent the morning rushing around from shops to doctor and back again I’m feeling distinctly tired, and lacking even my usual low levels of creativity today. So this seems like an ideal opportunity to revisit and recycle a previous post. For #NaBloPoMo I’m sharing all of November’s posts on BlogHer – after all, they run the show! – and readers on there won’t have seen this before. And any of my regulars who remembers this is either a genius or is seriously in need of a life! I wrote this one on May 5 2103, in response to one of WordPress’ daily prompts. I must have been lacking in original thought then, too! The link to WordPress still works, so I’ve left it in for you to see what others thought of their prompt, should you wish. Looking back at what I wrote two and a half years ago, I wouldn’t have said this differently now, although the recent terrorist atrocities do put a slightly more sinister context around my remarks about being bullied into agreeing with people. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this.
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da Life Goes On
Today’s Daily Prompt is the old question “Is the glass half-full or half-empty?” There is of course a third possibility, that it is neither of these:
but only a pedant such as I would even consider such a thought! Actually, the science of that is beyond me anyway: given that I am blessed with the typical Virgo’s mind – logical, structured, boring – it’s a wonder I was always so bad at science when I was at school. But I was!
I’m rather hoping that the question is intended to be taken philosophically, rather than scientifically. At least that gives me a chance of answering it! The usual interpretation of the two approaches is:
Glass half-full = optimistic, positive
Glass half-empty = pessimistic, negative.
So what? Who’s to say if either of those is right or wrong? Actually, I think there’s a lot to be said for being a pessimist – that way, your expectations are likely at least to be met, if not exceeded, and that should be a cause for happiness shouldn’t it? So, following that logic (I told you I was like that) I believe this means that pessimists are generally happy people. Now, what was the question again?
Oh yes, whether the glass is half-full or empty. My answer is: it doesn’t matter. Whatever best suits you and your outlook on life is the right answer for you: no one has the right to judge you and tell you which way to think. Look at Twitter, as I do fairly frequently. How often do you see people there telling you that your attitude, approach or beliefs are wrong if you differ from them? That’s a matter of choice, not a reason to be judged. Unfortunately, those who are like that tend to be lacking in self-awareness and unable to debate sensibly – they just want to bully everyone into agreeing with them. So if they tell you what’s in the glass they must be right? Total crap! You have a right to believe what you want, however ‘wrong’ it may be when judged by societal norms. Other people can then choose to agree or disagree with you, to like or dislike you and your beliefs and attitude. The world isn’t about to be knocked off its axis because you have the temerity to disagree with someone or see things differently from them. Anything extreme is likely to be filtered out by the majority view anyway – whatever that is.
So, believe what you want to. Look at the glass whichever way you prefer. It’s your choice, and it’s what helps define you as a person. The answer to the question
Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
has to be: