I like metaphors. Even the trite and the banal ones. Metaphors that have stood the test of time, that have become cliches, almost always reflect some sort of human truth.
The "half full" / "half empty" dichotomy is a good example of what has become a kind of trite "standard image," but it does reflect a reality of human life. We can look on our lives and circumstances from either the "half full" or the "half empty" perspective. Nothing is ever perfect. Are we happy to have something, or are we dissatisfied because we don't have everything we want or need?
By and large, we can decide. The "truth" about our circumstances is oftentimes not an objective "fact," it's an approach we project upon the realities we experience.
I am (or try to be) a "half full" kind of guy.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
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