What Do You See?

“Oh woe unto me I’m in a desperate state.
Looking for love that will fulfill me.
Maybe engraved from deep within
is that I should be loved, loved to the brim.                                                                              Coz it feels like, I’ve been waiting for a long time, to fill this emptiness…”       Written & Recorded By Indi Artist:  Jennifer Kamikazi

Technology continues to amaze me.  After all, we now have smart cars, smart doorbells, smart houses, flying drones delivering goods, computers in our pockets, Siri and Alexa, all of which have capabilities involving voice command.  I’m in what they used to call, future shock.

If you’re a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, you might remember the often spoken words directed to the food replicator, via Capt. Picard, “Earl Grey. Hot.”  Immediately, Capt. Picard’s hot cup of English tea appears.  WE ARE THERE!


Faucet Skitterphoto via Pexels Photo:  Skitterphoto via Pexels

Just in time for Thanksgiving in the USA, we now have available to us, the Alexa Faucet.  Yes, you guessed it.  You simply tell your kitchen faucet how much water you want, and “poof”, you get it.  If you want a cup, a glass, or thimble of H2O, just say so.  No touch necessary.  What you say is what you get.  Just phenomenal.

Someone with a curious mind might ask how much water they should to ask for.  One might ask the Alexa Faucet to just deliver half a glass.  Another might ask for a full glass.  One might ask for cold water while someone else may say (Using their best Patrick Stewart accent.), “Water. Hot.”  I would venture to say that nobody asks Alexa for a half “empty” glass.  Either way, Alexa will provide on demand.

When hiking in the mountains of New Mexico, you might prefer a full water bottle.  If the bottle is only half full, I will assume your trip up the slopes could very well be a short one on a hot day.  Soak in the idea for a moment.

The way Thanksgiving goes in America, most will over-indulge in the delights on the table spread out for the taking.  Some will pour soft drinks (pop), some milk, some wine, some beer, some coffee, and some water or tea.  But you can bet, most will choose a “full” glass.  Why not?  We’re celebratory.  Here’s to ya!

Glass Half Full

In life, our attitudes drive our gratefulness.  Have you noticed?

The late, great Jerry Lewis had an issue he couldn’t shake.  Doing stand-up, or performing in a comical production, he rested in the laughter of acceptance from the audience.  Unfortunately, Jerry Lewis admitted to scanning the audience through the stage lights in order to find anyone who wasn’t laughing.  Of course, there’s always going to be someone out there not having a good time.  When spotted, it would drive Mr. Lewis to inner-anger.  He would spend the duration of his stage-time doing all he could to bring a laugh to that one individual who refused the comical lines and gestures.  Deep inside he fiercely loved his audience, but that one person not moved by his performance disturbed him so to the point where he was no longer focused on the majority of the fans sitting before him.  Afterwards, he felt let-down by not being able to bring levity to that one person out of a house of 200 or 2,000.  It was hard for him because he would carry that empty feeling home.  I was on the first row when I saw him in “Damn Yankees” some thirsty-five years ago at the Dallas Music Hall.  Knowing he had this problem, I watched him carefully.  There were several times his eyes roamed up and down my row where the lights allowed him to see better the details of audience members.  When eye contact happened, I made sure he saw this fan react favorably to his generous performance.  You could say, Jerry Lewis drank from a glass half empty.

Although you and I may not admit it, we can be the same way.  Right?  Oh, come on.  Be honest.  One thing, just one tripwire, can cause all the blessed things around us to fade in the fog of expectations.  Isn’t that just like the holidays?  We tend to think all things must “measure-up” to carry on the joy of a holiday tradition.

Glass Measuring half Full

The glass can be evaluated as half full if the gratitude is there.  For most, when it is seen as half full, the heart is filled to the brim.  No Alexa needed.

In October of 1621, while celebrating the first harvest, off the shores of Plymouth Rock, the surviving Pilgrims saw the glass as full.  Even though so many perished during the trip over the Atlantic, and many fell ill thereafter on land in the New World, they gave thanks for a perceived half full glass.  Yet their observing mindset was a full glass.  We have their recorded documents, and written prayers riddled with a full glass view.

Imagine not having the solid ground beneath you.  Imagine being unable to inhale the air.  Imagine buying bread with your last dollar.  Imagine being suddenly emptied of loved ones.  All of these things are given to us.  Scripture reveals where gifts come from.   “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1;17 (ESV)

Maybe you don’t know where the next loaf of bread will come from.  (The same may go for misplaced love, health, job, or home.)  A full glass viewpoint takes today’s bread, love, health, job, home, with thanksgiving.  Understanding and accepting where all things come from reflects very much the ancient Hebrew prayer recited to this very day around the globe.

Blessing Bread

Photo:  Adat Shalom (Messianic Congregation), Dallas, Tx

“Alexa, I’ll take a full glass, please!”

So, what do you see?  Taking inventory of 2019, some may find the glass half empty.  For many, the cup runneth over when the brim finds fuel for the race.

“You have prepared tables in front of me opposite my enemies; you have anointed my head with oil and my cup overflows as if it were alive.” – Psalm 23:5   (Aramaic Bible In Plain English Version)


16 Replies to “What Do You See?”

  1. Great post!!! The ‘full-glass’ attitude is a life-changer. This is what separates the ‘happy’ crowd from the very ‘unhappy’ crowd. Both sets of people may have exactly the same ‘plate’ of goods in front of them. The happy one sees that there is so much good on the plate and God has bestowed that upon him or her. Your reflection here is so wise…the holidays are upon us, and we are so very blessed! Happy early Thanksgiving greetings! Thank you for sharing a ‘full glass’ of cheer with us!

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  2. Such wisdom here! I admit I have had my half-empty days in the past, much as dear Mr. Lewis did, but, the older I get the more I pray and look towards all God has done to fill my cup to overflowing. Thanks for your wonderful insights here. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! ☺

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  3. This post is a good reminder. Wise words my friend. I love to feel the overflowing glass but I must admit sometimes I question why the glass doesn’t overflow more often. Then I am reminding how blessed I really am. I hope your Thanksgiving is blessed with family, friends and love. Big hugs!

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    1. I feel the same way about the overflowing being off/on. Yet, I am grateful for you, your art, your clear vision of what we often do not see. Most of all, I have gratitude I have a friend in you. God’s grip, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your house. – Alan

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  4. I think a lot of us can relate to Jerry Lewis’ problem…it’s so easy to focus on the negative, even when it’s surrounded by the positive! Here’s the the glass always being full! (Although I still find the idea of Alexa always listening to us distinctly creepy…but that’s a whole different topic, isn’t it?)

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  5. The Jerry Lewis story was an especially interesting open – it always helps a point hit home when a celebrity has the same problems we do. And what an excellent point. No matter how advanced the technology (or the celebrity) at our disposal, we have to ASK for the full glass in order to actually receive it in our lives. Thank you for this wonderful post. Happy Thanksgiving, Alan. Much love!

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      1. We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving in Quebec, but the rest of Canada does, and yes, it was a few weeks back. I agree with you though ––we should be thankful every day. I am thankful for having such an inspiring and kind friend like you in my life. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Alan. ❤️


  6. Great post!! I thank God for a full glass when I count my many blessings BUT, often times, my control freak personality gives a negative vibe toward those close to me so I’m sure I’m showing a glass-half-empty-perspective to others…definitely something I’m mindful of and working on!!!

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