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Wrong Glass

Posted 09-08-2012 at 10:01 AM by ElDub1950
Updated 09-16-2012 at 9:20 AM by ElDub1950

“Some see the glass as half empty. Some see the glass as half full.”

The old optimist / pessimist saying seems somewhat defeatist to me. The intent of the saying is to encourage people to be happy with what they’ve got because it could be a lot worse.

I like to add a third line: “Some see they just have the wrong sized glass!”

If a “full glass” is your goal and you’re half way there, the ‘wrong sized glass’ people will take time to evaluate their goal. Is the goal still important .. Is it still realistic .. is it still compatible with other goals? .. and many other questions. Sometimes, the answer is to get another glass.

For example if your “full glass” would be to earn $200,000 and you’re making good progress and now earn $100,000. You got here by giving the proverbial 110% effort in your job, putting in those 60 hour work weeks and earning those promotions needed to achieve your goal.

At the same time, you don’t know your kids’ teachers’ name, you didn’t see her score her first soccer goal or see his first time at bat for his little league team and your spouse is begging you to go to couples’ counseling.

This is when you have the wrong glass. Maybe what you need is a $110,000 glass and five years to fill it, to coach her soccer team, be his biggest cheerleader and to plan date nights and weekend getaways with your spouse. Maybe this even requires an $80,000 glass and driving a Honda instead of a BMW.

Similarly, if your full glass is to be a stay at home house wife/husband and lead a Leave-It-To-Beaver life but your spouse is working two jobs, you’re struggling to pay for the kid’s after school activities and you haven’t been out to dinner in ten months you need to get off your *** and get a new glass.

Is your glass the right size?
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  1. Old Comment
    I've heard it expressed as:
    To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty.
    To the optimist, the glass is half-full.
    To the engineer, the glass is too big.

    Nice post.
    Posted 07-17-2014 at 10:58 PM by 1st Generation Gun Owner 1st Generation Gun Owner is offline

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