Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Views ...

"V" is for Views ...

Today Ms. Jenny and her students are studying the letter "V".  So what is your point of view?  Is the glass half empty or half full?


Personally, I really don't care much for this expression, but as a child I think it was inflicted upon me one too many times.  Do you like to be psychoanalysed?  My husband says I am a "glass half empty" kinda gal, but I like to think of myself as a realist.

If I am at a restaurant I consider my water glass to be half empty; however, I'm sure the waiter is thinking it is still half full.  When you think about it does it really matter?  It all depends on how you look at the equation.  Are you an optimist or a pessimist?  I don't like to categorize myself since it all depends on the situation and what mood and mindset I may be in.

"The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose." ~ Kahlil Gibran

It is such a simple question, but yet we tend to hesitate with our answer.  Whether you are an optimist or a pessimist shouldn't be based on a single thought, but how you live your every day life.  Don't you agree?

I wonder how you see the glass?  Or maybe there isn't any glass at all?  Thank you for stopping to visit me.  I'm linking with Ms. Jenny for Alphabe-Thursday.

27 comments:

Sharon's Sunlit Memories said...

Hi Donna - like you I think this saying has been over exposed to the point where it no longer has much impact or meaning. I think I am an optimist but sometimes I wonder if that just makes me naive! Sometimes I take photos in town and concentrate on the picturesque and pretty parts and avoid litter and derelict areas - then I wonder if I am deliberately ignoring reality!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I like to think of myself as an optimist...I do agree that the expression has become overused...

Mary said...

It's all about perspective and how you're feeling. If I was thirsty I would consider the glass half empty :)

Mumsy¸.¤ª“˜¨ said...

It depends on individual's perspective! I like to think as "half full" rather than "half empty"!

Vicki/Jake said...

I'm the optimist..for me the glass is always a work in progress:)

Esther Joy said...

I think I am an optimist, but there are days that I'm sure I don't appear that way!

Maksnana said...

Hi Donna, I totally agree with you. I believe it should be based on how you live your everyday life. Thanks for bringing up such an interesting point. Most of the time I try to find the positive in any situation. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God bless you, Carmen

VBR said...

A thought provoking post. While reality tells me that there is only 'half left', a part of me has tried to view the situation as 'well, at least I still have half'. Optimist, pessimist or realist? Who knows? I guess the point for me is to just keep trying.

Tina´s PicStory said...

very beautiful pic :)

EG CameraGirl said...

This was a thought-provoking post. I'd say it depends upon the day whether my glass is half full or half empty. :)

KarinsArtScrap said...

I'm a optimist donna.
your photo looks beautiful again.

greetings karin

Micupoftea~ said...

I'm an optimist! Like you, my parent 'inflicted' a saying on me and my siblings of the same ilk, but what we were told was to "take off your rose colored glasses"!! I do not like to be psychoanylized either. It seems the 'realist' actually tends toward negativism. I'll keep my rose colored glasses: it doesnt mean I don't see the thorn, it means I choose to focus on the rose.
nice topic :)

Sue said...

I wrote on the same subject yesterday. It's an interesting thought, isn't it? I think I tend to be both a realist and an optimist. I hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

=)

Herding Cats said...

Fantastic post! Yes, I agree. I'd like to think I'm a optimist, but I have my doubts that I am all the time.

Pondside said...

Good questions - I'm an optimist, but not the sort that wears blinders.

Emille said...

I wouldn't like to label myself as either one:):)

Modern Day Disciple said...

Your Blog is Breathtakingly Beautiful...I am wondering around here and will be following...I am a sucker for beauty such as this! Love the Tea Cup post as well...personally I do not care for the glass analogy myself. The glass is what it is and it really makes no difference to me...my thoughts would be, who cares whether the glass is half empty or full but look at the pretty glass, I am distracted by beauty and inner joy, so the glass contents really has no bearing on my view! Glad you stopped by!

Cheryl said...

Great post! Love the picture too

Vicki said...

Hi, Donna,
I always enjoy your thought-provoking posts!! I hope that I am an optimist. I try to enjoy life, each day, each moment. Of course, life throws us a curve ball from time to time, not everything is always positive. I guess in the end we must each deal with these obstacles in our own way, our own time. I hope you enjoy your weekend! Sending love to you~Vicki

KER said...

well i see that it has room for more Vodka!!!...j/k i really don't get the glass thing much since it varies day to day (up day...down day...so fun with the mood swings)...but this reminder makes me ponder

Cheryl D. said...

My glass is completely empty! Ha!

I'm actually an optimist!

Judie said...

I play golf, and of course I am an optimist, because I always think I will have the perfect shot--well, maybe next time.

mrs. c said...

I would be thankful that I have a glass with some water in it! I teach little children and look at the world through those "little kid" glasses. I try to be very positive and see the good in everything.

Annesphamily said...

A very thoughtful post! Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Donna, As usual you've given me something to think about! Great post!

Rhonda Langley said...

Hmmmmmm? Something to think about. I agree pessimism and optimism cannot be summed up in a single question. I am an optimist but still want to be prepared just in case. I want my glass full of water just in case I need it.

Jenny said...

Very intriguing post for the letter "V"...

I agree with you... What is of the most importance is how you live your life every day!

Great post...

Thanks for linking.

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