Seeing the world half-full versus half-empty


Sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways.
The other day I was on my way to the store, contemplating buying myself a box of wine while I was out. As I was pulling out of my driveway that is super skinny and not fully paved – so it was covered in mud – I slid on the mud and clipped my house with my car. My car is OK, no serious damage, just a minor scrape.
This event caused me to realize that this was the universe’s way of telling me that I should get that box of wine.
Events like these happen all of the time, but usually go unnoticed. Like when you’re super exhausted and then your friend cancels plans. That’s when the universe is telling you to relax and stay in.
Or, when you have a project due and your professor cancels class. That’s the universe telling you that you get to be stressed over your project for a couple more days.
When most people think of the universe intervening they think of Murphy’s Law: Everything that can go wrong, will.
I have to say that I don’t find this to be the case. The universe works in ways that are both good and bad. But it is up to the people involved to determine if they are willing to accept it as good or not.
This might just be the free spirit in me talking, but I think that there is at least some good in everything that happens. We might not see it right away or it may take time to happen, but it’s there.
Many people have been taught to be negative and to only expect negative things to happen. We have become a society of pessimists. I think that everyone needs to take a step back, look at their lives and realize that everything is not as bad as it may seem.
We all should start to look at the glass as half-full, rather than half-empty. And we should start doing this especially when things in our lives are starting to look bad.
The more optimistic we all become, the more we will all be able to feed off of each other’s optimism. It’s like how smiles and laughter are contagious. If we all start to be happier and more optimistic around each other, we will all be able to become even more happy and optimistic.
Becoming more optimistic is a change that we can all make on our own. It really is possible, but it would be much easier, and longer lasting, if we all work together to see the good in every situation.
As children we were all able to get excited for things because we hoped for the best outcome we could think of to occur. So becoming more optimistic is very possible; we’ve all been able to do it before.
It will not always be easy for us to see the good in everything, but I think that we all will be able to fake it until we make it.
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