IS THE GLASS HALF FULL?
Is the glass half full or is it half empty? Pretty common metaphor yes? Really, this is not the point that matters!
I think that whenever this question is asked we all know exactly what the true question is. Are we a positive/grateful person or do we allow overdone time for negativity?
Are you a pessimist?
I have been told that I am a negative/pessimistic person.
Yet, I totally disagree.
It is my belief that I am a realist, so sometimes making things shine is not going to happen for me!
When my father was dying after major surgery botched by a doctor 25 years ago, one of my siblings accused me of being a pessimist. I knew he was going to die and she wanted me to be more positive. At the time, I was a palliative care nurse for the VON. I had some knowledge regarding death and dying and medical diagnoses and I could not medically see a positive outcome. Did she want me to lie to her? Should I have?
I maintain that being a realist is far different from being negative. Without a doubt, I am a grateful person. Also, I am a hopeful person. I look at facts and work with them to bring about good outcomes when possible. I see the world as primarily a good place.
THE POINT THAT MATTERS!
The important thing is that the glass can be REFILLED. That is the realistic point of view. We can stop negativity and pessimism, as it is happening. It is not always easy and sometimes the choices are tough, but they are always there. This, in fact, is exactly what psychotherapy helps us do!
Is the glass half full or half empty? My next question would be, what is the glass full of? Have some fun thinking about that!
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