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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!

 Image credits: D. Sharon Pruitt, Dave Dugdale, aKS-phOtOs, jill111


Sometimes, literature and movies illustrate Life’s lessons in the most poignant and touching ways.

In my view, the story of “Gravity” portrays how we should be positive and grateful regardless of the situation, and look towards getting the best outcome always.

About The Film

“Gravity” is an inspiring story about how a novice Astronaut overcame her deepest fears during a space disaster, through the guidance and encouragement of her Mission Commander.  The movie captivated audiences worldwide and won 7 categories at the 86th Academy Awards, including best director, best cinematography and best score.


Short Synopsis

An accident occurred while Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), Mission Commander Matthew Kowalski (George Clooney) was out of Space Shuttle Explorer on a mission to repair the Hubble Telescope.  The Russians decimated one of their own satellites and the satellite debris orbiting around Earth at high speed became sharpnel, shredding other satellites in the way.  

At the first impact, crewmate Shariff died immediately, and Stone was flung out into space.  The ever-positive and cool Kowalski retrieved Stone through the use of jetpack propulsion and tether, all the while re-assuring and guiding the despairing Stone .

On return to Explorer, Kowalski and Stone found that they were the only survivors. All their crewmates died horrifically, and the space shuttle was damaged beyond repair.  Kowalski and Stone had to make their way towards the International Space Station a few hundred miles away to seek rescue, despite the depleting jetpack and low oxygen levels.

“Beautiful, don’t you think?” Kolwaski to Stone, to keep Stone from her panicky thoughts, while dragging her towards the ISS, a few hundred miles away.
“What?” replied the perplexed Stone.
“The sunrise. That’s what I’m going to miss the most.”

Warning: Visuals can be very graphic

At the midpoint of the film, due to a shortage of jet fuel, Kowalski and Stone faced difficulty entering the ISS.  In an act of sacrifice, Kowalski cut off his tether to Stone despite her pleas for him not to, to avoid weighing her down, and to enable Stone to make it alone into the ISS.


As the movie unfolded,  Stone grew out of her fear and despair through the constant encouragement of Kowalski. She slowly became grateful for what she has/had, and gathered her strength to keep focused on surviving.  In her “monologue” during the attempt at re-entry into Earth, Stone triumphed over her own emotions: her panic was gone.  Having done what was possible and grateful for what she had, she was ready to embrace the outcome, whichever way things play out.

“All right, the way I see it, there are only two possible outcomes: Either I make it down there in one piece and I have one hell of a story to tell, or I burn up in the next ten minutes. Ahh! (Capsule Shakes) Either way, whichever way… no harm, no foul! Because either way, it’ll be one hell of a ride! I’m ready.”

The story’s moral is on how the pessimism and panic distracts us from appreciation and opportunity, and how Positivity and Gratitude helps us overcome our fears.  Suspenseful and touching, it is a big favorite amongst movie goers, and a recommended movie must see.

Media Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures


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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