Light Notes

8 half-full, not half-empty, glasses each day

It’s challenging to drink eight glasses of water every day — especially when they’re spread out all over the house.

It’s not that I intend to have so many drinking glasses and cups scattered about — upstairs and downstairs — it’s just that . . . well, you know. I forget where I set them.

The other day, I found one glass hidden behind the cat food piled on the ironing board when I took the clothes out of the dryer.

Later, another cup caught my eye on top of the guest room dresser as I went looking for photos stashed in a drawer.

A third water glass was in the garage, probably left there when I stopped to pet the dogs on my way to the car. I don’t think I’ll drink that one. The dogs are shedding.

My husband, Bill, is continually picking up glasses or cups, “Here’s another half-empty water glass. How come you don’t drink it or pour it out?”

“I am drinking it!” I replied as my eyes hurriedly scanned the living room for seven others. “Besides, it’s half-full, not half-empty.”

It all depends on how you look at it.

And it’s the same with life — half-full or half-empty? For instance, it’s easy to look at events — things that are said or done — and see what’s wrong rather than what’s right; to nurse a negative thought until it grows and grows.

I’ll be the first to admit that it’s difficult to be thankful for how chock-full life really is when “the dog bites or the bee stings,” as Julie Andrews sings. But a book that has really helped me with my thinking is The 4:8 Principle by Tommy Newberry. It’s based on the verse in Philippians that says to focus on the positive.

And with approximately 50,000 thoughts per day rumbling through my mind, that’s a tough assignment. But it’s one that promises joyful living — one that I can choose.

I’ll bet if I meet the challenge, my cup will be full and running over — times eight.