It’s the age old question… is the glass half empty or is it half full? Is your life a life that you live out of fear, anxiety and doubt or is it something that you live with intention, heart and purpose?“I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
My sister sent me this quote the other day. I’ve been struggling lately because I feel like I am not doing enough to keep myself entertained. I mean, I work full-time, work out in the gym 5-6 times a week, take a dance class, and run a book club at my job. I am currently pledging for the Junior Women’s society, write a blog and hang out with friends and family in my spare time. I definitely need to add something to this list…
When we take a step back to look at life, to contemplate a problem, to analyze a person, we often want to classify it in terms of black or white. You’re either this or you’re that. Introverted or extroverted. Yin or Yang. Half full or half empty.
You see, when you look at things as only absolute, you forget about the phases in between — the gray, the introverted yet outgoing person, the extrovert who needs a break, the “good person” that makes a mistake, the “bad person” with a heart, a glass that is being filled, one that is being drank. We forget that in the universe, we have no control and, even if we do for a little bit of time, fate has a twisted way of making changes anyways.
For a life to be full, we must realize that we will have days of empty. We will have minutes and hours where we don’t know the direction that it is headed. We will reach out with hands wide open because we will want to fill it with something.
It is at this time that I encourage you to resist the urge. Let it be a little less full… because the universe will have its way of filling it up naturally. An outreach from a loved one, an old friend saying hello, a stranger who has kind words, a new person who is ready to give. This is a life that is full.