Is the glass half empty or half full?

Today is Friday the 13th. The superstitious minded act with caution today, looking around every corner in hopes of avoiding any “unlucky thing” that may come their way. Others place no significance on the ominous reputation of the number 13.

If by chance you happen to research the wacky world of unusual calendar days, you will notice that today is also International Skeptics Day and Make Your Dreams Come True Day.  Sort of an oxymoron don’t you think? On one hand, there is a group of people who doubt facts and figures while on the other hand is a group who believe even the biggest of dreams can come true.

When you think about it, that’s pretty much the way things are every day. At work, at home, at church, at play – there are always those that see the glass half-full and others that see the glass half-empty; some see the possibilities and others see the pitfalls. It’s a beautiful thing. Why? We need both groups; both sides of the story to create balance. It brings about compromise; blending the qualities of two different things to get- what I believe – is the best result.  It’s listening to both sides in a difference of opinion and devising a solution acceptable to both. What a concept, huh?

The real puzzle is why the tunnel vision; do it my way or the highway; I’m right and you are wrong thinking still rears its ugly head as frequently as it does. Just look at the headlines in the news or listen to them on the radio or television – everybody wants it “their” way. Not very realistic and not very productive.

Next time you’re in a tough situation and find yourself on opposite ends, think about this quote, “Compromise is not about losing. It is about deciding that the other person has just as much right to be happy with the end result as you do.”

Something to think about.

Posted by MJ Thomas

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