Louise Hay

One can either concentrate on the shade or on the sunlight.

The local swimming pool has been renovated recently. Before trying it out, I ran into two people. One was a glass-is-half-empty-person. He said they had only renovated the roof and the windows. The lockers and the showers were still old though. His voice was full of disappointment and disdain. The other one was a glass-is-half-full-person. He said the pool has been nicely renovated and concluded with a smile on his face saying: “I think you are going to have a really good time there.”

The so glorified “being positive” is not an abstract thing. Neither is it something you only think about, when you pray or meditate. The glass-is-half-full-attitude should be put into practice. Life gets so much better, when you are counting your blessings all day through.

Reading self-help books and attending personal growth seminars is not going to help, unless we do our homework.
I am not saying it is easy. Research has shown that we used to have the bad news vs. good news ratio at 70 : 30 in the seventies, whereas today it has increased in favor of bad news: 90 : 10. In my opinion, we should listen to the daily news only if we can manage to stay positive despite them.

As far as books and seminars are concerned: after each and every one of them, one should try to put at least one thing into practice. Change IS possible. I used to be a glass-is-half-empty-person. I am proud to say I am a glass-is-half-full-person today. But it took years. My first teacher in positive thinking was Louise Hay. You can read more about the change in my book: Balancing the Beast.

When I visit the local swimming pool, I marvel at the new roof and façade outside and at the new wooden ceiling inside. The newly painted walls and the new windows not only make me feel comfortable on the psychological level, but the windows also enable the heating to really do the trick and make the water warm enough for swimming. They represent a better insulating solution together with the new roof and façade. When they renovate the lockers and showers, I am going to marvel at that too.

What are your thoughts on glass-is-half-full-attitude?

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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