Sunday, January 25, 2015

Half Empty or Half Full?

I am a person who sees the glass as half full instead of half empty. I have seen the world this way for as long as I can remember. It is why I am a survivor, and nothing keeps me down for very long. I am also very self-aware. When I feel myself being pulled down by my emotions or my line of thinking, I change the channel. On purpose. With intent. I make the choice to change my way of thinking.

It IS a choice, you know.

It amazes me how many people allow their circumstances to choose their emotions or their way of thinking. It's why they often find themselves stuck in a negative pattern. Often times, they make choices based on how they feel in the moment and, many times, regret those choices later. Unfortunately, thanks to technology and social media, their next step is usually to whine about their regret to the rest of the world.

Because of that, here's a choice I've made...

I've considered getting off social media because there seems to be more negative posts than positive ones. Why do people feel the need to post every thought or every emotion they feel? I really don't understand it. The thing is, I don't have to understand ignore it. And that is exactly what I've done.

I decided not to get off social media because it is a way I keep in touch with family and friends that are scattered all over the world. I get to see family photos and watch children grow and hear about weddings and births and celebrations. Are some family and friends more negative than others? Well, yes, of course. So, what do you do when some are just too negative?

In case you didn't know, most social media has some kind of filter, or block, you can use so you don't have to see all that negativity. You don't have to "follow" everyone to be their "friend." You don't have to see every post they make about every headache they have, every bad date they've been on, or see every photo they post.

And how do I choose who I see on a limited basis (with a filter) and who I allow to flow through my life, without restriction, on social media? It all comes back to the "half full/half empty glass" analogy. If my friend's posts go along the "half full" attitude, I don't need a filter in my newsfeed. If my friend's posts go along the "half empty" attitude, then I either limit (or block) their daily rants and/or whines from what my eyes read on regular basis.

Simple choices, yes? It was for me.

Please allow me to raise my full glass to you this morning in celebration of positive emotions and "can do" attitudes. God bless the optimistic people of this world, the world needs us!

And, by the way, while you're raising your glass,...please pour some of yours into one of those 'half empty' glasses. There's enough love and positive vibes to go around. Be kind and share. :)



  1. I have missed your half full self! When student teaching started, a lot of my routine went out the window. I was literally driving to school the other day and said to myself to set a reminder to check out born bibliophile. I will be catching up on missed blogs as I can.
    On a note pertaining to the blog: I often see myself as balancing between half full and half empty. I call myself a realist and see this as being to credit for myself being a survivor. I tend to see how the cup "could" be half empty, and am constantly devising ways in which to bring it half full. ;)

    I hope you are doing well, Kim! I miss ya.

    1. Your words make me smile, Laura, and warm my heart. It's nice to be missed and, yes, I am doing well. I hope you are, too. I've missed you, as well. :) I am very happy to hear you're doing your student teaching now and very excited for you! I'm sure you're quite busy, but it's a good busy. Please know I'm always cheering you on! :-D