Take a look at this picture and tell me what you see…


So let me ask you… When you look at this picture, what do you see?

At first glance I perceived the glass to be half empty. I mean, how would YOU feel if you asked someone for a glass of water and they handed it back to you only half full? Confused? Disappointed? Maybe even a little bit put off with the person that handed it to you? I would probably feel all three simultaneously!

But then I got to thinking about it a bit more.

It seems that far too often we are so focused on the material content of what’s in front of us (the water) that we neglect to see the potential opportunity that lies within (the empty space).

What if the empty space only serves as an optical illusion trying to trick us? What if the space itself is not actually empty, but only seems that way to us because we are unable to see the boundless possibilities that the space actually holds?

With that empty space in the glass there is now room to transform that drink into any fruity, smoothie (or even boozy) concoction that you fancy, but only if there is enough room in that glass for expansion.

I started to re-think the way I had perceived that half empty glass, and all of a sudden it started to look half full. Instead of focusing on what I didn’t have in my glass, I started being thankful for what I DID have and became appreciative for all the opportunities that the empty space was now providing me.

I made a conscious decision to concentrate on the positive aspects of my situation, rather than shunting my attention to the negative side of things. I came to realize that at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what I am looking at, be it an object, a person or a particular situation. What REALLY matters is how I internalize whatever I see through my own eyes.

I had to be gently reminded that its core, the whole “glass half empty or half full” enigma is all about our perception of the world around us. It’s up to us to choose whether we see the half glass as a disservice or as a gift.

From now on, I am a glass-half-full kind of gal. Think of all the amazing new drinks I can make!

About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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