Monday, August 23, 2010

Glass Half Full....Guest Post...

Guest Post from Michael B. Gerber over at Perspective Is Everything. 
 I love his blog and attitude, read this and you will agree.....

We have all heard it a thousand times. It is actually a great metaphor for how one views a situation or the world around them. The problem with this metaphor is that it doesn’t tell the whole story. How do I know this to be true? Because my ‘glass’ is neither half full, nor half empty.

As I have mentioned before, living with a disability has taught me a great deal about gratitude and perspective. I have also learned that I am blessed with a pretty good attitude. In fact, sometimes I will say things that even surprise me. One of those “things” has to do with the glass.
Someone once told me that I always see the glass as being half full. This was my reply: “My glass isn’t half full. My glass is over-flowing. My glass is “HAVE” full.” The fact is that seeing the glass as over-flowing is easy to do when you have the right perspective. The way that I see it, my life is filled with blessings and miracles, more than I could ever count during the course of a day or a lifetime. My glass is truly over-flowing.

Not long ago, I was introduced to Mitchell who is truly a great man. He has been in a motorcycle crash and an airplane crash and lives to tell about it. He is paralyzed from the waist down, suffered third degree burns over 65% of his body and has no fingers left on his hands. He often says "Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do; now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I've lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left." (http://www.wmitchell.com/) This is a man who sees his glass as over-flowing.

What has he got? Perspective. The kind of perspective that is shaped by gratitude. The kind of gratitude that comes from experience. Our perspective affects the choices we make every minute of every day. Mitchell chooses to see his glass as over-flowing. So do I.

What is in your glass? What choices have you made and what choices will you make tomorrow? Will your glass be half empty or half full? My hope is that your glass will be over-flowing.

Written by Michael B. Gerber, to read more of Michael's blog go to Perspective Is Everything

14 comments:

Weezer said...

I see the glass as being full of what I've accomplished and the remaining space is what I have yet to accomplish. The past and the future. The day the last good-byes are said over me, that's the day my glass will be completely and gratefully full.
This is a wonderful post. Thank you. Blessings for a great week.
Weezer

Jane said...

This is wonderfully inspiring and very well written. I too shall strive to see my glass as "have" full!

Jane

Mariel said...

what a great perspective he has! this blessed me, thank you.

Lynda Young said...

This is an amazing perspective that I truly love. I MUST remember this. It is precious because it is so true!

Karen said...

What a difference it would make if everyone shared this outlook on life...loved this post!

Aries said...

Glad to hear that your glass is over flowing. Yes, the choices of making the glass full or not is totally in our hands. I always view my glass as half full, but from today, inspired by you, I am going to make my glass overflow ever day. Have a great week ahead to you and your family.

Faith Imagined said...

Perspective is so important! I love your reply that your glass isn't half full but overflowing. We all would be better of with a perspective like that!

Great article!

natalee said...

sooo inspiring.... love your blog im following now

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

This post really spoke to me. Love your blog...

Gina Carroll said...

Hi new friend, I am now following you via MBC.

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