Is it Half Empty or Half Full?

Posted: February 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


      If an eight ounce glass  has four ounces of water in it is it half full or half empty?

      How do you treat someone when they mess up?  Do you put them down or do you pick them up, dust them off and get them going again?  It all depends whether you are predisposed to find the negative  or the positive in life and in people.  Do you look for the positive  or the negative in life and people? 

      It is amazing how our attention is drawn to the imperfections, mistakes or failures. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when somebody mentions the apostle Peter?  I imagine most of you might remember when Peter was walking on the water and he sank or  the time that Peter denied Christ.  Many people have a tendency to focus on the negative and not the positive.  You will find what you are looking for every time.

      Peter was the only person besides Jesus to walk on water  but what do we remember?  Peter sank.  Most remember the fact that Peter denied Jesus but do you remember in Acts 4 when Peter  was directed not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.  Do you remember that Peter said, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to  you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”  Do you look for the positive or the negative? 

      Tom Watson, Sr., founder of I.B.M. had a junior executive who was involved in a risky venture for the company.  The venture ended up losing the company $10 million dollars.  Mr. Watson called the young executive into his office and before Mr. Watson could say anything the young executive blurted out “I guess you want my resignation?”  Watson said “You can’t be serious.  We’ve just spent $10 million dollars educating you!”  Tom Watson was looking for the positive in the situation. When we focus on the negative and not the positive, we miss all of the blessing and benefits that we do have. 

     It’s like the young lady that was always complaining to her boyfriend.  After listening to her complaints he finally said to her “If I gave you a doughnut all you could see would be the hole in the middle of the doughnut.”   So many go through life like that, focusing on the hole and not the doughnut and in so doing they miss all the benefits and blessings they do enjoy.  Look for the positive in life and people.

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