Why is it that some people see the glass as half-empty while others see it as half-full?
Why do some of us have a predisposition towards finding the negative in a situation while others see the positive?
It’s a choice.
I don’t think any of us are born with one or the other. Yes, we’re all born free of worry; it’s how we’re conditioned to view the world and how we respond to it that shapes our response to life.
It would be easy to blame, too. Especially if you struggle with negative thinking – as we all do from time to time. But blaming doesn’t empower us, though, in a sideways kind of way, it can fool us into thinking it makes us feel better.
In reality, we are avoiding being responsible for our own lives, being accountable to ourselves.
It would be easy to blame others, blame your upbringing, your current life situation, other people but does that ever really solve your problems?
Negative thoughts and situations are a fact of life. They are inevitable.
One of the worst things you can do is wallow in the negativity; the other is to deny your responsibility for being able to choose how you respond.
This takes willpower and the resolve to keep at it but no one ever said life was easy.
We all have the power to decide how we will respond to life’s slings and arrows. My advice: choose to see the glass as half-full because if you don’t, choosing the alternative, you may soon find yourself conditioned to be a victim, falling easily into negativity, self-abuse, and self-denial.
Following this path is at the root of so much struggle, so much pain.
Instead, set a new standard for yourself. Choose positive over negative.
No, you won’t be perfect at it all the time but you will slowly but surely begin defining a new conditioning, one that practices self-love and self-acceptance, forgiveness and self-compassion.
Start being your own best friend. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. And when you fall down and have moments of defeat, pull yourself back up and keep on the pathway to positivity.
Take responsibility for your thoughts and take responsibility for your life. Make this your new standard of being. You’ll be all the better for it and the world will thank you, too!