You may know you already choose to see the cup as half full. Okay, some moments I fully know I am immersed in the half-empty mentality–and then it’s my job to flip that thinking. In just ten more minutes….
Seriously though, I recommend forcing that thinking once you are aware of it. Just today I was exercising my right to be a little self-righteously cranky about a person in a very small part of my life who…let’s just say unknowingly provides an occassional little personal challenge. You know what I mean.
After mentally bellyaching over these specific behaviors, I made myself imagine possible plausible reasons this person might have for acting this way. Okay, some were a real stretch–but still fairly within the realm of reasonable.
Since they were my reasons, darned if I didn’t understand them and start cutting her some mental slack! From there I realized that she isn’t about me. And from there I jumped to the realization that none of this really had anything to do with me–and suddenly not only could I let it go, there was nothing there to have to let go of in the first place!
Wouldn’t you know it, about then I ran into her. (Cute, cosmos, cute.) I was actually glad to see her. Okay, at least neutral–which can be pretty much the same thing, in the absence of mental negativity. What it really means is that I was able to get past my own defensive patterns and that opened up the possibility for…the miraculous.
When we embrace seeing the glass as half full, it actually becomes overflowing.