The Glass Half Empty/Full and Other Tales of Abundance

I get dissed daily and often about CJA (Chronic Java Addiction).  Yes, I have it.  So, let’s set the record straight! While many spend their fortunes on lunches, manicures, pedicures or botox,  I spend mine on coffee.  I am a firm believer that a coffee a day keeps you plugging away.  Just because I walk around most of the day with a popular coffee-house logo’ed paper cup like it’s my best accessory, does not mean you should all jump to conclusion.

First of all when you are going to spend $4.00 and some change on a gourmet latte, do you think I am really gonna knock it back in five minutes? Heck to the no!  I sip that baby all day long; savoring every gulp.  Well, at least until lunch time.  That’s $1.00 per hour for my sipping pleasure.  After lunch I recycle and reuse the cup to sip water, tea and office made junk coffee until I blow the joint for my commute home.  Which then my coffee cup gets back on the road and travels “wee, wee, wee” all the way home with me.

Sometime, post dinner, I wash out the cup and dismantle it.  The lid goes into the plastic recycle, the heat sleeve and cup go into the paper recycle.  We part our ways and hope I see it again as a toothbrush.

So, it really is not that bad now that you look at it from my cup’s point of view.  But today was different.  Today I spun through the drive thru and coupled my latte with an ice water and kid’s hot cocoa.  BIG MISTAKE!  As the Barista handed me my latte, Platinum Gold Coffee logo’ed gift card, buy 10 coffees get one free punch card, my change, my water, a straw, the kid’s hot cocoa and another straw (Yah there is no way that four-year old is gonna sippy, sip in the backseat of my car without a straw) I lost all concept of weights and measures.  Not to mention I was also on the phone.  See phoning and driving and coffee ordering should never be combined.

I usually do not attempt to take my first sip until I get the kiddies off and in the comforts of my office.  So, as everyone and their morning brew made off to their destinations and I arrived at mine, I grabbed my little accessory.  Wow!  This feels awfully light.  Hmm, let’s see what is going on here.  This my friends, is what I saw when I opened the lid.

Now you tell me, is this glass (recycled paper cup) half empty or half full?  Oh heck no!  I wanted to throw myself on the ground, flail my arms and rant and rave like a two-year old who couldn’t have his Binky anymore. You have got to be kidding me.  So, I took a great big yogic breath and sat down and sipped. I sipped again and then FREAKED!  Besides the rise in sipping dollars per hour, how was this going to get me to lunch?

So, I did what only a rational, about to clock in business owner would do.  I drove 8.9 miles with total round trip destination time of 23 minutes to get refilled.  The whole time in route, I was pondering, do I tell them my glass was “half empty”?  They will believe me as they know me by name. So that was not a concern.  Rather, when I walked into the line filled coffee-house and proceeded directly to the Barista making the goods, I said, “Hi, I was here earlier in the drive thru and when I went to sip my coffee, I noticed it was half full“.  Yep, total optimist.  Kudos to me!  The Barista looked into my cup and said, “Hmm, that’s bizarre that someone would have given you a half empty cup.”

Long story short, I did get my $1.00 per hour sipping pleasure minus 3 gallons of gas at $3.65 a pop.  So, in the end I still lost. Not so fast though!  Huge lesson here folks! I ventured on the side of optimism to explain my situation.  The Barista reacted on the side of pessimism. Yet, still bigger meaning here.

Perhaps the glass was neither half empty nor half full but rather too large to begin with.  How often do we buy way too much and overinduldge.  What would happen if we consumed just the right amount? It seems that we often want more than we can bite off; the bigger house, the better vehicle, the larger coffee.

I am going to challenge myself and you to consume less of something you plentifully consume normally.  If we accept this challenge and limit ourselves just a bit then maybe the glass does not have to be one of two ways.  Smaller may be the new bigger. Or at least it will save you in wear and tear and gas bucks!


1 thought on “The Glass Half Empty/Full and Other Tales of Abundance”

  1. Amen! I am in the process of cleaning and organizing my home office. It has been cluttered with too much stuff. Too many old bills needing filed, too many work letters and info, too much junk. I also noticed what I was spending money on going through these things. I realize how much I was spending…I have fortunately been priviledged for a long time with what my prior careers offered me as compensation. I am proud of what I acccheived but more so, I am proud of what I will be doing here and moving forward. It’s worth more to me to spend time with family and friends and doing what you love to do. That’s worth more to me than anything at this point in my life! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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