Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

What a wonderful sunny weekend we had here in the UK. It was great to get out and about in the sunshine and see all the happy smiling people enjoying themselves. 

 Today though, I heard the weather forecaster say, in a very gloomy voice ‘ I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine because that’s the last we’ll see of it for a while’ Was it really necessary to be so quite gloomy? Why not celebrate and be grateful for the wonderful few days of sunshine rather than focusing on the cooler days of the next week?

But isn’t this what we sometimes do in life? Rather than enjoying what we have, and what we have achieved, however small these things may be, so many of us choose to think about what we have not got or not done. This way of thinking can start to permeate into everything we do, we can become pessimistic, depressed and even in the extreme, feel it is just not worth the bother of starting anything as ‘it is bound to go wrong’

I am sure you know people who you would describe as ‘glass half full’ or ‘glass half empty’ Who would you rather spend time with? Who would you rather be?

If you are a half full type of person, it can be really draining to spend time with the half empty person, can’t it? Would you want to be the person your friends avoided? Of course you wouldn’t!

So how can keep your glass half full?

A really great thing to do at the end of everyday, write down five things that have made you feel good that day. I have seen this described as a gratitude diary, a thanks book, a smile journal, a good friend of mine calls it “Panning for Gold’ - I love this description! That’s exactly what you are doing - looking for all those golden nuggets of the day. These moments can be anything, a sunny day, time to read a few pages of a book, enjoying a crisp apple, a puppy that made you smile, a car parking space just when you needed it. Or perhaps you will want to document a wonderful achievement, a day when you made intelligent and wise choices about what foods to eat, helping you reach the size shape and weight you choose to be, or a day without even thinking about smoking. Small things, big things, a moment of the day that only you know about, or something life changing - it’s all there ready to catch in your gold pan.

Ahh, but .. I hear you say, I have had a really bad day today, nothing has gone right! Well, then it’s even more important that you should get out your metaphorical gold pan and find those nuggets. They will be there! Just look for them, peer into that pan and dig them out. Let me give you an example, a little while ago I was flying home from a holiday in Greece when the aircraft developed a fault. We had to land in Italy to get the fault checked, so there we were, stuck on a military airfield in Italy, with no idea when we would get home. From then on anything that could go wrong did go wrong, we had squeeze on buses to get to a hotel two hours aways, detour to avoid a forest fire, luggage got mislaid...... I could go on and on!

OK, yes, lots of passengers were very cross indeed, but hey, do you want to fly on an aircraft that may have a fault?

So what five gold nuggets did we get from this? 

The crew had our safety as a top priority and dealt with the problem quickly. 

The Italian authorities let us land as fast as possible and made us very welcome indeed.

We had a wonderful, unexpected night in Italy and met some great people

The hotel gave us a wonderful banquet, even though they had not expected 300 guests. For breakfast they only had cream cakes in stock - when do you usually get the chance for such an indulgent breakfast!

The next day, we were re-routed over Venice, so we got to see another wonderful city!

Get into the habit of panning for gold every night,You can always find that gold - all you need to do is look for it. Before long you will notice the way you think changing automatically - and your glass will be full to the brim!


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