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CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Night-Shining Clouds are Getting Brighter
Night-Shining Clouds are Getting Brighter by NASA Goddard Photo, and Video is licensed under CC-BY 2.0

My wife looks at life from a glass half-empty perspective, while I see that same glass as half full. Which is better? I guess it’s the way you look at it. (Sorry, couldn’t resist). The answer is both; seeing a situation half full, you look at the negative outcome first, and sometimes you overlook the positives. Usually, the half-empty kind of person has a more realistic look at life, which is true in my wife’s situation. She sees life as it is, straightforward, with only one way it can go, and deviating from it will never lead to a good outcome. She needs life neat and orderly with a clear view of what is ahead.

On the other hand, a half-full person is a dreamer; they see a good outcome in almost every situation, and there is seldom any bad. I tell my wife everything will work out fine, and it often does.

But the problem is that if it doesn’t work out, I am left wondering what went wrong, and I struggle with how to fix it. At the same time, my wife has already developed the solution.

When you add a glass half full and a glass half empty, what do you get?

You get a full glass, and together we have been able to handle any situation that we have gone through. At times, it has been a tough go, but we have gotten through it. It has worked for over 40 years.

We are not made to look at life from a whole glass perspective; we will always be one way or another, but what we can do is look at the other side now and then. Then we can begin to see life and the people in it with a whole new look. Then maybe there will be a change in ourselves and the world around us.

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