Everyone has those days. (Yes I just quoted Hannah Montana!) Those days where you hear your alarm clock go off and wish that you could stay in bed all day. You start getting ready and realize that you forgot to wash your favorite shirt you wanted to wear. You run to catch the bus and miss it by a couple of minutes. Any of this sound familiar?
Most days our patience can be tested by forces outside of our control. Your class happens to start at 9:00 AM meaning you have to get up at 7:30 to get ready after you stayed up till 1:00 AM working on homework the night before. You wanted to do laundry over the weekend but were too busy with school work. The bus consistently comes to the stop at 8:40 every morning but today for some reason decided to come earlier.
When we let our immediate emotions behind a given situation take over us, we see the situation as “half empty.” This sort of negativity can start with something so small, but yet it can grow day after day, and before you know it- become your life. In a given moment, we sometimes wonder why life has to be this challenging and why this certain event is happening to us.
This mindset is no good.
Let’s take a closer look.
You begin to realize that you are fortunate to have an alarm clock wake you up because that means you are going to school. You have the ability to get an education- something that some people dream about achieving.
Your favorite shirt may be dirty but you have a closet full of other clothing items that will suffice. Some only own the clothes on their back.
You may have missed the bus but you never have to worry about paying the bus fare since you live on campus. Some have to walk everywhere they go.
When we choose to see the “empty” side of the situation, we have chosen to live with the negative side of life.
However, when we look a little deeper we come to realize all of the little things that make our lives complete and whole.
I can’t take credit for the phrase, “The glass is half empty or half full” but I will say that we all should make a conscious effort to view life as “half full.”
Just imagine this. You start your day off with a positive thought. Yes your alarm clock is annoying, but it brings with it the promise of a new day and a fresh start! After getting ready you spread that positivity by holding the door open for another person as you exit your dorm. You may have missed your bus but you shrug it off and remember that another one will be coming in a few minutes (or better yet, use it as an opportunity to walk to class and get some exercise!). You finish your night by reflecting on all the big (and small) contributions that made up your day.
I understand that it can be difficult to see that positive side in every aspect of life. But the more energy you put toward positives the more greatly it will impact your outlook.
And that my friends is why it is important to see that glass (or in my case mug) “half full”
Go out into the world and bring that positive energy with you!
Worry less and smile more.