You get blindsided by some new event. It wasn’t expected. There’s no way to prepare for surprise. Surprise just happens. And we do our best to process the new and unexpected information as it comes.
Are you glass half empty or half full?
I hate that question. It’s so annoyingly cliché that most people grimace when it’s asked. The mind just glosses over it and moves on to the next relevant thought.
But it’s cliché for a reason. The same thing happens to two different people and they choose different responses. They look at the information from different angles. One person sees confirmation of unending bad luck. The other sees an unfortunate obstacle that will now be overcome with great effort. One view steals energy. One view gives energy.
It’s not hocus pocus. It’s not “new age”. It’s reality. You create your own life narrative every time you choose which angle from which to view your predicament.
Is it an obstacle to overcome? If so, it will make you stronger and give you a story that will help someone else later.
Is it confirmation of unending bad luck? If so, there’s no need to conquer it because something else will just come after and the punches will keep coming. Viewing from this angle guarantees feeling lost and defeated, which locks into certainty a negative outcome.
This isn’t about hype. We don’t lie to ourselves to overcome. We choose to see and acknowledge that there’s more than one way to view the problem, and we choose to give the weight of our focus to the angle that sees a possible victory story that gives us yet another tool to give someone else in need.
It’s not just a cliché. It’s THE question of how we choose to live.