Which are you, half full or half empty? I’m an “always full” kind of person; there are pretty much endless amounts of water (optimism), and when looking at the glass, if there’s room left over, then air (more optimism) fills the rest of the glass up. My cup is almost always full, if not actually running over.
I think one’s level of optimism speaks to the core about one’s experiences in life. The more optimistic, and forward thinking, and lighter one’s heart and soul is no matter one’s challenges and hurdles, the more fulfilled one can become. And I believe that the perspective we choose to take when measuring the contents of the glass defines our very existence.
I know bad exists, but I believe that good usually wins out. Things don’t always go the way I’d like, but I believe that things usually work themselves out for the best. I don’t believe that everybody in life does the right thing, but I think most people do the right thing most of the time (and that Karma is a pretty diligent scorekeeper).
If you knew me, it would be doubtful for you to think me Pollyanna, naïve, or ignorant. Rather, you’d know me as somebody who, no matter the injustices I encounter, and no matter the mistakes I make, I believe my best days are still ahead of me.
As someone told me today, “It doesn’t matter how empty the glass is, it can always be refilled.” I agree.
With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite quotes on the topic:
“I’d rather be an optimist and wrong, than a pessimist and right.” Lou Jacobi in I.Q.
“Everything will be better in the morning. It always is.” Barbara Hershey in Black Swan
“Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, then it’s not the end.” Dev Patel in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel