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Defining the Proverbial CUP

Is a glass half full or half empty?

Had some interesting discussions that shed more light on this riddle.

Comment 1: “A Cup Half Full IS a Cup Half Empty” aka “Both!”

Both views (“realities”) are true.  And rightly so!

Half Full or Half Empty?

Comment 2: “I See Our Daily Blessings.  Yet I Fear the World’s Problems are Immense”

Again, there are two sides to a coin.  From another angle, it also seems to highlight an additional complication: the existence of many measurements – societal and world “cups” as well individual cups.

Apparently, different cups exists for different people, for the same people at different times, and even for the same people at the same time.

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Defining the Proverbial CUP

How should we proceed then, regarding Gratitude and Positivity?  Should we celebrate one quarter full, over three quarters empty? Or should we mourn three quarters, over one quarter?  Which cup should we look at?  Mixed feelings?  Confused?  Detached?  Inert?

The Proposition.  To avoid stumbling into the quagmire of infinitely varied cups, it may be imperative instead to define a CUP of relative “permanence”, significance, and possibly even universality.  We may want to envision a CUP of our basic needs : food, water, shelter etc (rather than wants).  Most of us will then have a nearly, if not full proverbial CUP.  We are able to meet our needs, and still grow. 

Reasonable Positivity. There is then reasonable cause to be predominantly grateful and happy.  Similarly, we are less likely to be entrapped by the lure of infinite wants,  a collectively unattainable project.  


Technology Today Can Meet Everyone’s Needs and Make Things Better!

With today’s level of technology, everybody’s CUPs can be brimmed.  There can be less fear, less greed, fewer conflicts, fewer wars.  

The  Bonus.  With gratitude for what we have and our given abilities, we can improve ourselves / work to give back to the world and society, a bonus.

Collective Causes.  Excess resource will also flow naturally to important collective causes.  E.g. climate protection, helping out the poor, helping the refugees, high quality universal healthcare and education, etc.   The better world we seek…

This is the thought.

Thank you for reading and/or sharing your views!

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Gratitude is a key element of happiness.

Below are some quotes that depict deep gratitude and the joy experienced.

Do share your thoughts!

 “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”  Thích Nhất Hạnh.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”  Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

“And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.”
― Kahlil Gibran

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Quotable Quotes – Lighting the Way

Lanterns. Lighting the Way.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

“Simplicity, Patience, and Compassion. These are your greatest treasures.” Lao Tze.

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have little.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou.

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth; Virtue appears from good deeds, and Wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.  To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of Wisdom and the guidance of Virtue.” Buddha.

Earlier Related Quotes

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