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.


  1. i have sudden loss of memories! That's the way i perceive it. Reading your blogs surely make me go tongue tied, speechless to be more appropriate! God bless.......Only a person so positive like you can come up with such writings!

  2. This blog post is amazing.
    I'm very pessimistic person (the glass is always half empty) but I'm trying very hard to be more positive and to find a bright side of everything.
    You have given me a lot to think about, and you're totally right, perception is important!

  3. so's not easy to remain optimistic when you live in a consumer society but once you learn to look at things positively, life will take a turn for better...

  4. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

  5. You are really a great writer. And this blog post is truly fabulous. Keep it up. I am waiting for your next post.. :)

  6. it felt beautiful to read this was very gentle..its like a soft push to look at the goodness life has to offer.....suddenly for a moment u made me hopeful..but that was lasted a moment.. :) but thats just me..

  7. Wow.. thats an amazing perception about perception itself... Your blogs are are one of the best kind I came across.. You take very small instances and examples and you add beauty to it in gr8 measures. Keep it up! Gud luck.

  8. Why is there an advert on your blog?

    I think it's more to with context than perception.

    It's a glass of water.End of.

  9. @daveinhulme - I am happy to know that there are people like you who have such a simple towards like. But unfortunately, you and I are in the minority and this blog goes out to those people who delve deep into the subject and revolve their lives around it.

    Thanks for the comment! appreciate it!


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