11/12/06

Half-Fullism

Are you aware of Terry Starbucker, Ramblings From a Glass Half Full? You dis-serve yourself if you don’t listen to what he has to say. Today, I found him on Joyful Jubilant Learning Another disservice to your mind if you don’t visit JJL here. This morning, Terry spoke to the wonders of having “realistic optimism” through learning. He reminded me of a study or survey I heard about several years ago. It was done in one of our larger cities; Philadelphia comes to mind. (That was not meant to disrespect Philadelphia, I grew up there.) The results were staggeringly shameful. Apparently, an overwhelming number of households have one book, that being the local telephone book. Terry also reminded me of growing up in a home filled with books. He made me realize all the more that my credo is right (well, right for me): a home must have pets, books and plants. My pets are to me what yours are to you. They’re not part of the family, they are the family. If you care to cruise through the three bookcases in my home, you’re welcome. (Oh, by the way, I’m a bit of a classic snob with books.) The plants thrive and pay me everyday with their beauty. I digress, but, what the heck, that’s what a lot of writers do. Let me leave you with a few of Terry’s words.
Now I look at the acts of picking up a book, or searching the internet, engaging in enlightening conversation, or any other form of learning, as acts of “proactive positivity”. Further, I’ve found that the reverse action, or sharing my learning with others, has the exact same effect. So how do you keep the Glass Half-Full? Never stop learning and sharing your learning. And join us at Joyful Jubilant Learning!
Terry Starbucker lives in Connecticut, USA. He's an operations executive for a service company and loves business trips to the Rocky Mountain west. Terry posts his musings and observations about "the optimistic side of the daily grind" in Ramblings from a Glass Half Full.

76 comments:

Steve Sherlock said...

Thanks for the link to Joyful Jubilant Learning. It is a good group and we are just getting started. Stay tuned for more fun things to do and learn.

Carolyn Manning said...

(She said with a smile), Thank you Steve. When I found JJL, I said, "where have you been all of my life?"

It doesn't matter. You're here now.

Carolyn

starbucker said...

Hi Carolyn, Steve is right about JJL - stay tuned! All the best.

Carolyn Manning said...

Oh, yeah, Starbucker, I'm there. Thank you for turning me on to JJL. Great stuff.

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