Is Your Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?


“It is beautiful, it is endless, it is full and yet seems empty. It hurts us.” ― Jackson Pearce

Those words are from Pearce’s book “Fathomless” that, apparently is the third in a series of science fictions novels. While it is not my preferred genre, the title caught my attention and then the particular line quoted above. As we continue our “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Word,” series today’s brief conversation and picture focuses on the ideas of being full yet empty.

Have you ever experienced that?

Full Heart, Empty Spirit

Your heart is full but you are emotionally empty?

Your life and schedule are jam-packed with things to do and people to see but a lingering sense of emptiness is at your core?

fullYears ago, at the mid-point of my longest term relationship to date (16 years) that full yet empty feeling was upon me. We had packed our bags and dog, migrated to Canada full of hope at the promise of living in a relatively safe, orderly and prosperous country. Yet, after months and hundreds of job applications, the money that we came with was running out and there was no sighting of the better life we had hoped to find. It would take several years for things to start looking up, economically, and just as a sense of belonging was about to set in, the bottom of my world fell out. My partner left me for another and emptiness was all that remained.

What’s Your Experience?

That was an extreme experience of being full and yet empty. We all have our experiences of it – one of the most profound contrasts of life. As they say, you cannot know one without the other. You know what you had when you lose it. The same is true of fullness and emptiness – the half empty, half full glass. Criss Jami has an interesting take on this:

“Seeing the glass as half empty is more positive than seeing it as half full. Through such a lens the only choice is to pour more. That is righteous pessimism.”

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20 thoughts on “Is Your Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?

  1. I can relate to this topic more as I am a restless working mom with 2 kids around and feel something is empty at times! But if you pick the positive sides of things happening around, then you are going to feel full for sure!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, you are Lisa! 🙂 Thanks for sharing that. 🙂

  2. I do believe it is about perception. I have definitely experienced the feeling of being full and yet empty. I have overcome that by strengthening my relationship with God,

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is one great one to do that Shannon! 🙂 Thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  3. Always Half Full because there is always room for more and there is the wonderful oxygen 🙂 With hat said, Its abut what our mind is conditioned to think and we can always CHANGE IT!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am not surprised that that is your perspective Julie. 🙂

  4. I grew up with a half-empty viewpoint and it has taken me until my 40’s to switch it over to full. It really is all about perspective.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Yup, that’s just about right Wendy. Took me that long as well. 🙂

  5. Nicole Escat

    Oh, this is about perspective. Even if my glass looks half empty the it will always be a full to me.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is Nicole. 🙂

  6. We have to nurture our spirit in order for us to not feel empty inside despite a lot of things going on in our lives. This post definitely made me think about what point in my life did I go through this kind of phase. This emptiness.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Emptiness in itself can lead to fullness. Life is such a wonderful thing. 🙂 Thanks Carol for your great comment. 🙂

  7. Elizabeth O.

    We will always see things differently but it’s better to be on the positive side of things especially if you’re going through something in life. I’ve also experienced being so worked up in life and yet feeling empty because my soul is not gaining anything. There’s a balance that we should all learn to have.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is the key, eh Elizabeth – balance. 🙂

  8. [ Soft Laughter ] It’s all about perception, my friend!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is. 🙂

  9. I love your article. I don’t know why I say it is always half empty even when it really is full !!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Maybe Cynthia it is because we are conditioned to look at things from that perspective?

  10. My glass is ALWAYS full, even when it’s empty!!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Great way to live GiGi! 🙂

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