The photo: me screwing around with the manual exposure on a borrowed Lumix, using the light from the TV, while watching The Secret of Roan Inish.
Heh, obviously, the glass is more than half empty. But I'm thankful that I can drink that water, get up, and refill it with more water.
I can't help but be optimistic and hopeful when presented with negative situations, and be completely negative when something positive happens. Like fortune cookie fortunes. "You are a true and sincere friend". To me, that says "You're a sucker, it's written all over your forehead. If friends want to chit-chat at 2 in the morning, they'll call you and you'll pick up the phone." I saved the "You will be successful with your own business" one because that is kind of a dream. But I read that as "You can't work with other people." [BTW - When reading fortunes aloud, some people tack on 'in bed' or some other phrase. Where did that come from? I never really thought that was funny]. My favorite fortune ever, pasted into one of my scrapbooks, is from a Seattle-area Chinese restaurant from 1996. "You love Chinese food." I don't LOVE Chinese food, but I read that as "Chinese food is always a good alternative when you can't decide on anything else." Unless you see rat droppings in the dining room and/or hear the line cook hocking up serious loogies from the kitchen, Chinese food is a satisfactory crowd pleaser.
I don't prefer one cuisine over another, like when people ask you to identify your favorite cuisine in those email surveys. I list ingredients. Rice, eggplant, mushrooms, curry anything, tofu, almond-flavored things, lavender, oysters, almost anything with gravy or sauce. The list can go on, but essentially, I can be satisfied anywhere if these things are prepared well.
Anyways, my point is, it's a luxury to have choices, and not just about what I'm going to have for my next meal. In my spare time, I could buy myself a day of beauty at a local day spa (I don't have $$ for a much needed stay at a local year spa) or volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless or do both (one event after another, of course). It's not about the glass being half empty or half full, it's about having the glass & being able to fill it when it's empty. It's about having the time to consider such clichés and blogging about it!
Now, if I could only make the right choices and put them into action...