Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Glass

Such a trifle thing, really, but the glass has still managed to be one of the most discussed and debated topics in history. Because, you know, is it half-full or half-empty?

Being a complete optimist, I should probably be with the half-full club. But you know me. That would be too easy. Follow the road less travelled and all (here's an interesting video on that topic). :) So, of course, I have a strange outlook on the glass.

We're going through some stuff at the moment and sometimes, my chest feels tight with worry over it. This is totally understandable, as we're still finding our feet here. I mean, we'd be no more than machines if we didn't feel overwhelmed at times. But ultimately, I'm just too stupid stubborn to lose hope. I need to believe things will get easier in order to survive.

Anyway, with all the 'chin up' advice we've been getting, this glass-thing has been mulling around in my head. It's the current thing I'm obsessing over and I need to let it out somehow. Lucky you, because I'm about to share it with you. You're welcome. :P

The glass is a vessel. No more, no less. It was made to contain something, to carry it from one place to another. In the case of the glass, this containing of things lasts only for a limited time, seeing as its contents will be consumed. This means that it will be full or half at times, but empty at others, and that's completely OK. It wasn't made to keep something contained all of the time, just long enough for it to be emptied.

Maybe we're vessels too. Heck, we're so diverse that we're all probably different kinds of vessels. We, as humans, contain ideas, emotions, opinions and skills. We succeed, we fail, we learn, we forget, we change, we remain. We carry things and deliver them to others, just as we receive.

We're vessels. Our contents are never the exact same as they were the day before, because new things get added to the mix.

This means that, like the glass, we don't have to be at full capacity all of the time. Sometimes, we feel depleted. Sometimes, we feel fulfilled. Neither of those states are constant. And that's OK too. Each of us has the right to feel. We might not necessarily understand or agree with why people feel like they do, but feeling is complicated. You need to have walked in my shoes to know why and how I feel, just as I need to have walked in yours to really get you.

At some point in your journey, your half-emptiness will start to feel half-full again. Or even the other way around. It's life.

But this brings us back to the age old question, 'is the glass half-full or half-empty?'

All of this rambling I've done today has been to bring me to this point. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what quantity is contained in the glass at all. The thing that matters is the glass itself.

The purpose of the glass is to be a vessel. It will contain many different things throughout its lifespan. The glass may chip, it may crack, but as long as it can contain something, it can be used. It will be full, half-full and empty at various points in its existence. Sometimes it will spill, sometimes it will be bone dry, hidden in the dark corner of the cupboard.

But the glass can be refilled.

The glass.

Can be.


And so can you.

Have a good day, folks.



  1. Thank you for your inspiration!

  2. Dit praat DIEP met my gees!!!


    Dinge daar sal makliker. Ek glo, hoop en vertrou saam met julle. Jy het iewers in ñ blog geskryf dat julle woord gekry het oor duitsland. Hou vas aan daai belofte. *hugs*

    1. Bly dit kon iets vir jou beteken! Ek het nog lank nie ophou glo ons moet hier wees nie. :) Dankie baie!