The Glass Half Full

Our sages have said “Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot,” and indeed, the feeling of satisfaction in our lives isn’t related to our bank account, nor to the size of the apartment we live in, and it is not measured with quantitative measures. What really matters is how one feels about their life, themselves, and their situation, and how happy they are with what they have in life.

Studies show that there is no connection between a person’s financial situation and their sense of happiness. What matters is that we feel “rich.” According to our definition “a sense and awareness of fullness” means that every day we feel that our lives are rich with “assets,” we feel that we are living with an abundance of “gifts,” and living in the frequency and awareness of “I have.” All these are not obvious things.

The phrase “I have” refers to all the emotional, spiritual and material “assets” that we were blessed with in our lives – our human and professional skills, freedom, health, our dear family, our beloved friends, our hobbies, the roof over our heads, the food on our tables, the education we acquired, our workplace, the beauty of nature around us, the wonderful music that uplifts our spirits, art, literature and everything else the universe has to offer.

Let us then change in this very moment the way we think about life. Let us be grateful for it and amplify in our consciousness all the “gifts” we have.

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius said: “Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.”

The joy and appreciation for the gifts in our lives will attract more gifts to us: prolific and blessed work, happy occasions, people with good energy, growth and development in all areas, empowering and uplifting experiences and good energy that affects our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

The sense and awareness of fullness will bring forth the fullness and abundance in reality. Living with the sense of fullness will attract into your reality a life full of – joy, financial assets, creativity, growth, professional and spiritual development and emotional assets.

On the other hand, in accordance to the rule that “like attracts like,” the sense of constant lack and focusing on what isn’t rather than what is, will turn our lives into lives of lack, the kind that are characterized by constant scarcity not just of finances, but of joy and experiences of progress and growth. In this kind of life, the constant feeling of “stuckness” will prevail – financially, socially, professionally and spiritually – and lack of advancement in every area.

In order to create a positive reality for our lives, we must think positively and optimistically, in a way that will deeply convince us that “everything is OK” and that what we plan for our lives will succeed.

A positive reality cannot exist with negative thinking behind it. The negative thinking will sabotage the positive reality that we want to create for ourselves. A strong belief must also be added, that we have the power to advance ourselves and our lives in the direction that we want. 

With that, we must also know and understand that the challenges we face are in fact the essence of our lives on earth. Life cannot only consist of simple and easy tasks. And so, from now on, let us accept as natural and obvious, the various setbacks in our lives, the small and big mishaps and the failures. Let us change our terminology, instead of frustration or anger, let us see these difficulties as challenges on the way to the targets that we set for ourselves.

This is a process of ongoing learning. Remember, there are no shortcuts in life. Achievements and successes always come as a result of deep digging, great effort and investment. [1] 

Bill Porter is an American born with cerebral palsy. He wanted with all his heart to be a salesman, but there wasn’t a single company that would hire him. At some point, Porter offered a company in Oregon to give him the hardest area for sales. The company had nothing to lose, they agreed, and very quickly Porter became the most successful salesman in the district at selling medications, baking products and house-ware products. Porter worked at the same company for over forty years, and in 1995 a series of articles was published about him in a local paper. There wasn’t a single person in Oregon that didn’t know his name. His inspiring story became a documentary film in 2002, and since then until today it is an inspiration for many people thanks to his willpower, determination and optimism. This story exemplifies that even when a person is at a low point physically, health-wise, financially or socially, they are still able to reach the top thanks to willpower, effort and determination.

The successful English actor Robert Collier said: “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

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If you wish to create a new reality for yourselves – use this power of yours. Believe that you are capable of achieving the goal you set for yourself, show determination, faith and persistence, and head on your way.


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