Glass Half Empty/Half Full
August 21, 2011 § 19 Comments
Depending on how one is feeling any given day has an effect, obviously, on how one sees the world.
A few weeks ago my friend Rebecca told me she had been asked to a party in Notting Hill and the hostess had been worrying about what to do re the invitations. Rebecca said this – married – woman had no fewer than FORTY single women friends – planktons, all of them – and was in a dilemma about how many to ask so as not to capsize her numbers nor upset any of them. This snippet of information was one I could have done without. There is something very gloomy-making about the thought of any one person knowing so many single women of a certain age. I know a few, but FORTY? Dear God! It makes me realise quite how many there are of us.
Hearing that was a seriously glass-fully-empty day.
There again, I read an interview with a brilliant actress in the Guardian some weeks ago, beautiful and talented she is. At sixty she had found the man of her dreams and was getting married for the first time. I am fortunate enough to know this woman a little bit and I did something a bit impetuous. The very moment I finished reading the piece, I rang her up and congratulated her on her wonderful news and told her how she had single-handedly given me hope. She was very sweet and told me very much to keep the faith.
That day my cup – or glass – overflowethed (if there is such a word, but you get my drift).
So it is planktons are very sensitive to the good and bad, the positive and the negative. Certainly, my antennae are permanently twitching for evidence either way, depending on how I feel at a particular time.
Now, while I hesitate ever to voice an inane platitude – or indeed a platitudinous inanity – such as “accentuate the positive”, (as you know by now, I have a very volatile relationship with such patent bollocks), I think I can allow myself the observation that one does as well to acknowledge the good news stories in one’s naturally pessimistic mind, as one does not to dismiss entirely the bad news ones (which would of course be foolish and wholly unrealistic).
Today is a glass half empty/half full day and so I am thinking – Balance: that has got to be the key.