This old chestnut of half full or half empty glass has been discussed ad nauseum in so many blog posts in the blogworld that I wonder why Padmum chose this one! Perhaps on the day that she was choosing her list of topics, she was feeling a bit low!
I intend approaching this topic in an unusual way. I am usually an inquisitive fellow who wants to know what’s in the glass before I decide whether it is full, half full or half empty or whatever.
I do not have enough glasses at home to illustrate what I intend to convey and have had to do with tea mugs/cups.
Except for the very rare visitor who has to be satisfied with instant coffee, in my house tea is the favourite beverage. The problem is in understanding the quantity that each guest wants. Ranjan and some friends prefer a mug full of the left extreme size, Some other friends and I the second from the left, and others from either of the other two.
Very often I also get requests for half a cup or half a mug and I have to bring all the four sizes to ask for the precise quantity that the guest wants.
Now, the question is when I pour the tea into the container, do I think about whether it is half full or half empty; and when the guest gets the tea, is s/he getting half an empty container or a half full container of tea?
So instead of trying to solve these koan type of questions, I simply enjoy playing host and drinking lots of tea in good company. If you would like to join, I would be delighted to have you on such joyful occasions. I can also make some lip smacking snacks to accompany the tea, available at short notice.
You will, if you have read those two posts appreciate that this old codger believes that all of us have both traits in us and sometimes one is ascendant and at other times the other. Perfectly natural and nothing to worry about “improving” oneself!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where eleven of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Padmum. The ten other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, Padmum, Paul, Shackman, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!