The Tale of the Two Glasses
by Jace Daniel (b. 1969)
Once upon a time there was a glass, half empty. To this glass, everything was wrong with the world. It was covered with greasy fingerprints, the beverage it held was getting warm, and the table on which it stood was the wrong color.
“This sucks,” the glass thought. “Things just aren’t going my way.”
Standing next to this glass was another glass, half full. To this glass, the world was full of possibilities. The beverage it held was being enjoyed, and it felt fortunate to be on the table in the first place.
“How exciting,” the glass thought. “This could go anywhere.”
One moment the glass half empty looked at the glass half full. The glass half full smiled.
“Hi,” offered the glass half empty.
“Hi,” smiled the glass half full.
Then the glass half full poured itself into the glass half empty and they enjoyed a new life together happily ever after.