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Is your glass half empty or half full?

Is your glass half empty or half full?

Is your glass half full or half empty?

My glass has water in it.

It is half full.

You have a glass too.

There is water in your glass.

Is your glass half empty or half full?

What are you looking at?

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

Some days my glass feels empty. I think about everything I haven’t done. You didn’t get the basement cleaned out by the end of the year. You are not very good at finishing things.

You didn’t. You didn’t. You didn’t.

And some days my glass feels full. I can see the rose and not its thorns. Hey, good job, you cleaned out your bathroom and threw away three bags of old shampoo bottles. You cleaned all seven litter boxes. You can do this.

You  did it. You did it. You did it.

Our life is what our thoughts make it.
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Is your glass half empty or half full?


I wrote this post on January 4th, 2013. I had forgotten about it until Facebook reminded me of it this morning in my news feed. It reminded me to think of the rose.

This past year my glass was either full or empty. My life was great or my life was crappy. But life is more like a rose, with good and bad all mixed in together.

What do you think? 

Click on the empty glass of water to comment. Or just scroll to the bottom of the page. I would love to talk to you.

An empty glass of water


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Angela Barnett

    Hello Pamela. Not Pam. Thanks for the making me think with your question. I think my glass is always half full to the point that sometimes I am in shock when I look down and realise it is actually empty. Drained. And I have to search for some more water.
    (PS In New Zealand there is a bargain supermarket brand called Pams, I suspect you would hate it)

    • Hello Angela not Ang,
      Thank you for not “Pamming” me, as my children call it. (smile)
      Isn’t it funny how we can forget to take care of ourselves? We run around and then notice our glass is empty.
      Oh how funny. I will have to go to New Zealand just so I can get a bag from Pams.
      Thank you for stopping by.

  • Valorie MacDonald

    I clicked on the glass because I have something of a child.like nature (maybe just a naturally curious person?)… and i liked seeing what happened! Did you know some people think water is boring and “has no taste”??? I LOVE water, but it, like life, can become so mundane and ordinary! While it’s helpful to learn to look for the joy in our mundane, ordinary, work.a.day existence, I also think it’s fun to toss a couple of blackberries into my water glass or some cayenne on my chicken breast, or wear zebra print…;) every once in a while to keep it fresh!

    • Hello Valorie,
      You must be a curious person. What has your glass been like lately? Half full or half empty? Has your glass changed in the last two years.

  • My water bottle holds water – I drink about half a gallon a day.
    My glass will have wine in it (after 6pm). Although it will only be a quarter full. You never pour more than that at a time.
    Since you are asking – my glass, like Abiola’s, alternates between empty and half or full. Depends. Today it’s half.

    • Good Morning Patricia,
      My glass is the same as yours. I try to remain positive but often I carry around an empty glass. Sometimes it is full, and other times half full. Today I will make an effort to be positive and not let others drain my glass of water.
      Oh dear, now I am really thirsty.
      I didn’t know that about wine. I wish it didn’t make me sick. Or maybe I am just remembering the last time I drank red wine and then took a tablespoon of cod liver oil for a cold. The two didn’t mix very well.

      • Yikes!!!! I will never drink red wine then either. I live in the wine country. I must know about wine.

  • Abiola Olaleye

    My glass really alternates between both extremes. Saturday morning it was half full but by evening, ’twas half empty again…till Sunday evening (way too long I know) and then I got a lift in my spirit on getting to work today. I want it to be half full all the time but then I’m human after all..

    • Good Morning Abiola,
      Today is Tuesday, what is your glass today? Half full or half empty? I pray today you will find the joy in your life even if you face angry people or someone is unkind to you.
      We are human and it is so easy to let someone else or our circumstances make us look at the empty part of our glass. I often forget to see what is good in my life because I am looking at what is missing.
      I pray you see what is good in your life today. Sending you a hug.

  • Jaana

    Half full! Pour some more and keep going. Love reading your blog and they way you come up with topics!

    • Hello Jaana,
      Oh, I love that idea. Just pour some more and keep going. On days that my glass feels empty, I will just add more water. The water I add is knowing that God loves me and I don’t have to be perfect.
      Thank you for telling you like to read my blog. See, you just put some water in my glass. 🙂

  • I just had to click on the picture because it was different. Liked that.

    I have been a half full type of person. Of course when I was trying to adjust to the meds you wouldn’t have known it. But I really am.

    • Anne,
      I hope you are feeling better, my half full glass friend.

  • Michelle Crooker

    i am an engineer – if the glass if half full, then it is twice as big as it needs to be.

    • Hello Michelle,
      Good point, my glass is just too big. Or my basement is just too messy.

  • I’m trying to drink more water. My glass is half empty. :^)

  • My glass is very, very full. i would like to drink half of it. Then, I’d feel accomplished.

    • Shelley,
      Does that mean you are too busy? I hope you keep your writing in your glass. Your stories always brighten my day.

  • Teresa Richardson

    My glass is half full

    • Hello Teresa,
      So is mine. Sometimes it feels empty, but then I have to think of what I am thankful for, and it fills up again.

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  • Alison Alison

    tho I don’t mind a whinge every now and then to declutter,I firmly believe in the sound words of Stuart Little “every cloud has a silver lining”

    • Stuart Little sounds like a wise soul. I wonder if he had a messy basement?