Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Have you ever heard somebody say, “Is your glass half full or half empty?” I was in Okinawa in 2000, when I went to Airman Leadership School. It was a management school for the United States Air Force. The school seemed like a bunch of propaganda to “re-blue” you for the Air Force. In other words, it’s a bunch of bullshit that they feed you to try to make you take more pride in your job. Anyway, during the beginning of going to ALS there were some special guests they had to speak to our class. We had this one Chief Master Sergeant who came in and asked us the question “Is your glass half full or half empty?” At first I was confused by this question because I always had an interest in science. So when he asked about the glass sitting on a table in front of the class being half full or half empty, I thought to myself that the glass was completely full. Half was full of air and half with water. As the speaker went on with his speech, I think the point he was trying to make was are you a positive person or are you a negative person.

See, it’s assholes like this that just piss me off. These are the type of people that if they have something on their mind, they need to just come out and ask it. I can’t stand trying to interpret what the hell somebody is saying because they are trying to put it in a vague way. I’ve ran into quite a few people who think it is more intelligent to try to say things so subtle or vague way that you don’t know what the hell they are thinking. The point I’m trying to get at is this; if you have something to say, don’t beat around the bush, just come out and ask it. Dancing around about what you are trying to ask is not an effective form of communication and therefore less intelligent. Because if the receiver doesn’t know what the hell you are getting at, then obviously the message was not received correctly.

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