Half Full or Half Empty

How to handle mood swings
The therapist was explaining
how to face ups and downs
I was in to mind training….
I pondered over his story
Of glass filled with water
half full or half empty
what sounds better?
If you say half empty
you are pessimistic
and if you say half full
you are optimistic……
I challenged his theory
I had something different to say….
when I say glass is half empty
it implies someone has sipped from it,
there is someone apart from me
to be a part of my life,
to share my evenings
to share my drink,
to save me from sinking
he too was drinking
holding my hand
sitting next to me…..
when I say glass is half full
it implies someone has not arrived
I am lonely
long evenings, full of wait
eyes gazing beyond the fence
drinks poured in the glasses
and agony to top
fear of freedom and
heartbeats to stop…..
I beg to differ Mr. Therapist.
I love to say
Glass is half empty!
and it will always be half empty
till we touch the finish line
in our three-legged race
at our own synchronous pace….
© Dr Swati A Gadgil, All Rights Reserved

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About Dr Swati A Gadgil

Anaesthesiologist , practising since last 30 yrs in Mumbai and medico legal advisor. Counsellor for Children at Puberty , Parenting , Stress Management , Motivation and Peace MBBS DA LLM Postgraduate in Human Rights Postgraduate in Hospital management Founder President of NGO, Dombivli Women's Welfare Society and it's youth wing NayaSavera Published three books of poetry Columnist and writes on various topics like Stress Management Appointed by Times of India as Consultant for their NIE Newspaper In Education Program Recognised by Medical associations and Rotary Speaker and panelists on Tele media, print media and National and International conferences Taekwondo Red Belt

8 thoughts on “Half Full or Half Empty

  1. Amita Paul

    The poem offers a fresh and unique perspective on an old cliched adage used to distinguish between the viewpoints of an optimist and that of a pessimist.


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