I am generally what you would call a “glass half empty” kind of person. Recently, a friend quipped that it’s not half empty — it’s just the wrong size glass. And after some reflection, I think that actually nails it. I think my glass is probably too big. I expect too much from people. Well…that’s isn’t exactly it either. I WANT to expect more from people — all the while knowing that the bar is too high (and yes, I realize it raises the bar for myself exponentially). And so, it sets up a cycle of expectations and disappointments until I finally just start bracing myself to be disappointed in hopes that I will be surprised. And, for the record, I often am.
These past couple of days, I have been noticing a lot of “I’m grateful for…” posts on my facebook feed. And, as much as it pains me to say…I think it’s a great idea. You see, I’m not one to follow the crowd. In fact, I tend to do the exact opposite of what the trend is. While it would be easy (and perhaps entertaining) for me to post my pet peeve(s) of the day, I will spare you.
My goal for this little project is to end the month with a clear picture that my glass is not half-empty. And, it’s not the wrong size. It’s actually a very large glass that overflows.
Since it’s November 3rd, I’ll start out with three
- I’m grateful for my niece Madison, who celebrated her 11th birthday yesterday. She is a beautiful young lady, whom I have loved watching grow up. I miss her and her family a lot.
- I’m grateful for my friend Darcy (for many reasons). Today, it’s because she gave birth to her son Cameron on this day, 11 years ago. He has been a loyal friend to Jake and I love they have the kind of friendship that transcends the miles between them. I miss him and his family a lot as well.
- Had I started this project on Nov 1st, this would have been my first post: I’m grateful for my husband and that he loves me despite my short-comings. I never dreamed I could have the kind of love we share. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed.
Keep posting those grateful-isms. I love seeing the simple ways in which our glasses are filled.