Are you a half-full glass or half-empty glass person?
I ask because I'm now told most people on this planet fall into one or the other category.
You're either positive. Or you're negative.
Now some are very positive and not at all negative.
And others very negative and not at all positive.
But either by a little or a lot you're either one, or the other.
I guess none of this is startling. But it reminded me of a conversation I was having recently with some family members.
We were talking about teachers.
And how we remember the good ones.
Usually, the ones who saw the good in you. Or maybe your kid.
Sometimes that's all it took -- a teacher who took the time to discover maybe you weren't disruptive. Maybe you were just creative.
Maybe you weren't indifferent. Maybe you were just different.
And that teacher just saw it, and saw something special in you.
By seeing more of the good in you, and less of the bad.
I think those are the best teachers.
But more, I think those are the best people.
Those who see your warts, and don't say, that's all.
Those who see the half full glass of you.
And not the half empty glass life has a habit of throwing back at you.
I guess I'm not saying anything profound here save the power of just being positive here.
Down to the company we keep while we are here.
And as my Irish mom used to say, wouldn't you prefer that company keep you smiling?
Growing up we used to joke that my mom was incapable of remembering a slight.
And my Italian dad, incapable of forgetting one!
"I'm the head, she's the heart," he'd say.
My mom would just laugh, but always correct him, "you've got a big heart yourself, Patrick." And that's all she'd say.
After she passed away, I remember my dad marveling at all the people who showed up at her funeral.
"Now that says something about your mother," he said.
A few years later, just as big a crowd at his funeral.
And I thought that says something about them both.
Especially after hearing from a friend of theirs dating back to the 1950's, who pulled me aside and said:
"Neil, your parents sure made it hard to feel down. And sure made you laugh if you tried."
I don't know what my parents would have said about that.
But I'm pretty sure, they wouldn't complain.
Come to think of it I'm positive about it.