Friday, March 01, 2013

How Full Is Your Glass?

This week, I got to spend two days with someone who told me, "I'm excited to get out of bed in the morning."

That inspires me.

Is he problem-free?

No way, hozay. Nobody is.

But what an amazing attitude!

So in his honor, today's topic is a new twist on that old line about the optimist versus the pessimist.

Here's how to play it at your table:

Fill a glass halfway with water.

Ask: "How would you describe this glass - half full or half empty?"

I predict that most people are either truly optimistic or have heard this metaphor and want to appear optimistic, so say, "Half full".

Some may say, "Half empty".

You then ask:

What kind of person would answer, "The glass is empty" ??

The responses should be interesting.

Then you get to ask the kicker:

What kind of person does it take to answer, "The glass is full!" ??

And how does one become such a person?

Shabbat Shalom

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Anonymous said...

Of course, an engineer will say that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be!

Rabbi Seinfeld said...