Stating the obvious

“I feel a blog post coming on.” For once, it wasn’t me who said it, though it turns out I have to write it anyway. My son lounged in bed, brushing toast crumbs out of his beard. Me, I was poised like a miniature Statue of Liberty in front of the window.

We had been talking over morning coffee, as usual, discussing the difference a slight shift in perspective can make to how you see the world. I had picked up the glass, ready to take through to the kitchen and with his glass in my hand, it was obvious what was coming next.

“It’s the old ‘glass half full’ thing, isn’t it?” I asked, not expecting much of an answer; it is an old one, after all.  He grunted something vaguely affirmative. I considered the empty glass, holding it up to the light. “So, is this glass half empty or half full?”

He wasn’t going to be caught out. We’ve covered this question before. “Neither. It’s full of air.”

“But…it appears to be empty…” So does life, to anyone in the pit of despair. “So, what is it full of?”


“Whole universes…”

“…where life could have arisen as we speak…”

“Arisen, evolved…played out lives full of joy and tragedy…” Being so infinitesimally small, a second for us would be infinity for the creatures in such a universe. Anything could happen there and how would we know? “So the empty-looking glass is full of life…”

“…we just can’t see it.” Which was pretty much the point I was making. No matter how empty the proverbial glass may seem, it is always full of life in potential. “Science backs that up too…” He cocked his head. ” I can see the glass too. That’s pretty amazing in itself, when you think about it. A blessing.”

“More than that, you can see a hand holding the glass…. ” Which means that you are not alone.

“Yeah, but it might be your own hand…though that means you can move…”

“And through it, you can see the garden…and the birds and the sunlight…” So, a glass full of all the possibilities of life, surrounded by all the beauty of the world and held by the miracle of our own human lives. And all it takes is a shift in perspective to be able to see it.

That is not so easy for someone who is lonely, struggling or suffering from depression. Contrary to what some people still appear to think, you cannot just ‘pull yourself together’ or ‘snap out of it’… and it is not ‘simply a matter of choice’.

“So, when you find yourself looking at that proverbial empty glass, it might just hold more than you first think.”


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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27 Responses to Stating the obvious

  1. Ritu says:

    So full of positivity! Love this post Sue!


  2. ellenbest24 says:

    Truth is in the mind of the beholder. But we can imagine, encourage and bend someone’s idea of truth. Spinning words to make a thread knit a thought in to a story. All the above is possible, plausible and positivity pushes the boundaries between half empty and half full.


  3. That’s the most complete series of thoughts on any empty glass ! Profound.


  4. Marcia says:

    So well said, and illustrated. Started my morning out on a very positive note, just what I needed. Have sent this glassful of possibilities out into the world to be passed along by others. Thanks Sue, and have a great day!


  5. Jennie says:

    Wonderful post, Sue. Positivity!


  6. I like your way of thinking, Sue. It certainly makes me realise how easy it is to look at things without trying another perspective! 🙂


  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Very uplifting and life-affirming post, Sue. Thanks!


  8. I think I’ll put brandy in mine to stop my head spinning after reading that!


  9. Lovely thoughts, Sue. 🙂 — Suzanne


  10. Rae Longest says:

    Simply lovely discussion. As I get older (and older and older) the glass seems half full most often except when the pains of old age make it seem pretty empty. Thanks for the encouragement in your post to count my blessings.


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