LIFE: A PARADOX CONUNDRUM (5)

Life is full of paradoxes that some say require balancing; however accepting an appropriate location on the paradox continuum, when dealing with the paradox conundrum, may be as good as it gets! An example of such a paradox follows:

  • Half Glass Full Motivates
  • Half Glass Empty De-motivates

In reality, if the glass is half full or half empty the actual amount in the glass, at that moment, is the same. This is equally true in life whatever the circumstances e.g. if you are having a bad day at work, it is what it is at that moment; if you are struggling to get your children to work to their optimal ability and they are not responding, it is what it is at that moment; and if you have just hit your golf ball into the water, it is what it is at that moment.  The key in life is to understand this, accept that you still have control of what happens next, and that the outcome is likely to be more favorable if you proceed with an optimistic versus pessimistic attitude. Paul G. Stoltz, in his book Adversity Quotient , refers to someone with an optimistic attitude as seeing events as: temporary, limited and external; in contrast someone with a pessimistic attitude as seeing events as: permanent, pervasive and personal.

  • Be Optimistic and  Always Look for the Upside/Positive

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