Archive for August, 2010

Not half-full, not half-empty – just FULL

I received yet another email (forward) with a joke and a long list of all the misfortune that will befall me if I don’t pass it along to twenty of my closest friends.  I usually give these no more than a cursory glance, but this time I got sucked in.  Mind you, it wasn’t one of those emails that was inspirational or even overly original.  Basically, it referenced the optimist/pessimist argument of whether a glass is half full or half empty, but instead of arguing, it listed the varying perspective of several different types of people.  The one that struck me was:

The physicist would say that the volume of this cylinder is divided into two equal parts; one a colorless, odorless liquid, the other a colorless, odorless gas. Thus the cylinder is neither full nor empty. Rather, each half of the cylinder is full, one with a gas, one with a liquid.

Now I’m not going to get too introspective (at least not today), but the dormant scientist within me could definitely relate.  I think life is this way as well – there is always a dominant quality (the liquid) which seems to flood our perspective.  But there’s also an ever-present, constant quality that is both necessary and easy to ignore.

This blog will be about my life.  Sometimes it will be about my weight loss efforts (diet, training, healthy recipes, etc.), sometimes it will be about my attempts to find balance in my crazy life, and sometimes it will just be some random events.  I had another blog, which can be accessed at this link, but I felt I needed a fresh start.