Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.
I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be. – George Carlin
How can two people look at the same object or situation, and see two completely different things?
While some are more optimistic, seeing the glass as half empty,
others are more pessimistic, perceiving the glass to be half full.
Those who are optimistic will view a crisis as a time of opportunity,
while those who are more pessimistic can only see their impending doom.
Take a moment to look at the picture below. What do you see?
Do you see and old lady or a young woman?
If you saw the young woman, imagine her chin as a nose, and her necklace as a mouth, and perhaps you will see the old lady.
If you saw the old lady, imagine her nose as a chin and jawline, and her mouth as necklace, and you may see the young woman.
The point of this exercise is to demonstrate that our perspective greatly impacts what we see, and most of the time blinds us to other possibilities.
Most people will live their whole lives imprisoned within the perspective of the world that has been handed to them, and never venture outside to appreciate alternative perspectives. Attempting to view the world from other perspectives can be disorientating and intimidating, yet it is a necessary first step out of the darkness and into the light. This does not mean uncritically accepting any point of view, but simply giving a charitable hearing to everything. Only then can other perspectives be evaluated on the basis of truth and usefulness. The question is: Will you be willing to step out of the shadows and into the light? If you want to experience true life, then you must leave behind the deadly thoughts and practices in which you are imprisoned.