Glass Half Empty - Half Full
“When you see the entire world facing you, just turn around and you will become the one leading the world.”
Perception - A simple and yet such a powerful word. Perception, right or wrong, becomes the focal point of communication between us and our thoughts. A perfectly sane person can destroy himself/herself with a wrong perception towards a certain incident or subject.
God has given us humans the wonderful power of judgment – The power to see the glass either half full or half empty.
Yet, it amazes me when I see people, average people, looking down at that glass as half empty rather than the opposite.
In my previous post, I talked about why people build walls around their lives. Well, the real reason behind all these actions is – Perception.
There are times in our lives when we find ourselves in the darkest of hours. We find the curtains of despair fluttering in the wind that brings nothing but sadness. But, we can always; and must always challenge the darkness by lighting the candle of hope and protecting it with the hands of certainty.
A few years back, I had the opportunity to film a documentary about the lives of two rickshaw-walas. One lived in abject poverty, barely able to eat once a day and the other had 4 cell phones, 2 plots, 12 people working under him, and still pulled rickshaw from dawn till dusk. Although they were in the same profession (one that had poverty written boldly on it), they were strikingly different in one area- perception.
The poorer of the two had given up on his life and was waiting for death to embrace him (if not already). And the other guy, named Tinku, was planning for something better. He argued with me saying, “Many rich people don’t have the kind of sleep which I enjoy every night. I am happy knowing this simple fact.”
Discovering the happiness that surrounds us can only begin if we alter the perception with which we see the world and its people.
We can either look sadly upon the half emptied glass of water and feel scared of our soon-to-end life or we can enjoy the ride and create waves of love and leave footprints of happiness for others to cherish, marvel and walk on.
Between you and me – There is no glass.