it's all in the perspective

It isn't hard to see why in today's world someone would have a negative outlook. War and genocide, a declining economy and a rising unemployment rate, illiteracy and obesity overtaking our youth, the endangerment of the global ecosystem... and that's just the 6 o'clock news. Somewhere along the way, it all seeped into my system and I became a pessimist. It's just become my natural way of thinking... to assume the worst, to worry about things large and small, and to be cynical and sarcastic about everything as a defense. And I've realized that I'm sick of it.

I’m tired of focusing on the negatives in life and I’m ready for a positive change. Sure, there are a lot of things to worry about, but does it really do any good? One person can only accomplish so much. I can only do what I can do. It sounds a little defeatist, but really it's the truth. I can't control everything, and I should be thankful to not be burdened with that kind of responsibility. My pessimism about remaining a pessimist has forced me to become an optimist.

Is the glass half full or half empty? Look at the glass and quantify what is actually in there… You have 50% “empty space” (air) and 50% water (or milk or beer or whatever beverage you measure in). That’s the rational, scientific answer. The glass is BOTH.

You make the choice which 50% you focus on. What is there, or what is missing. What you have, or what you don’t. It may be obscenely cliche, but it's the truth: You cannot change what IS. You can only change how you look at it.

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