PP 175: What’s in Your Cup? Is it Half-Full or Half-Empty?

We have the power to decide if our cup is half-full or half-empty. In this episode I share a humorous story from my family to remind us of the fact that we can pour our cup out if it’s filled with something we don’t want.

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Episode Transcription

Today’s episode comes with a full disclosure that I am not a sports fan of any kind, unless I am watching my own kids play. Growing up in western New York, I watched plenty of Buffalo Bills’ NFL Games, and fell victim to the early 90 series when they went to the super bowl four times in a row… And lost.

As you might imagine, growing up in a Buffalo Bill’s family, we had to be optimistic that the next time they went it would be a win.

Well, it wasn’t.

Being optimistic is often compared as looking at the glass half full rather than half empty. And, with that thought in mind, today I want you to look in your own cup.

Is it half full or is it half empty?

Speaking of the Buffalo Bills and cups, I have a quick story for you.

My father and his family were season ticket holders of the Bills for years and years, and by years I mean like 40 years. So on each of those years when they went to the Superbowl, my father was entered into the lottery for the opportunity to get tickets to the Superbowl. By game, I don’t mean they were given to him, but he had the opportunity to purchase if his name was called.

Each of those four years, he did end up being called, and he did go.

On the fourth year, he had four tickets and together with my stepmother and my sister and my brother, the four of them went out to California for the Superbowl game. My father and my brother sat together in one part of the stadium and my stepmother and sister in another part of the stadium. And my father kept on giving my brother — who I believe was four at the time — soda.

At one point in the game, the game I guess was getting really interesting, my brother said: “Dad, I have to use the bathroom.”

Well, my dad wasn’t about to miss the biggest part of the game, so he told my brother, “The next time there’s a big play and everybody stands up, pee in your cup.”

So that’s what my brother did.

After the game ended, when all the fans were leaving, there were people running around the stadium looking for souvenirs. My brother and dad were leaving, and out of the corner of his eye, my dad noticed a couple of guys going down his row picking up the souvenir cups.

Keep in mind this was the Super Bowl, so there were plastic souvenir cups that you could take home, wash and use for years to come. My Dad didn’t want to see what happened next, but what he heard was: “Hey, Bob! Somebody got beer in a soda cup!”

I don’t know how this story directly relates to looking at our cups as half full or half empty, but I do want you to be aware of what’s in your cup. Do you have a cup of grump? That doesn’t rhyme, I know, but always be appreciative of what’s in your cup. If it’s not what you want to be there, then pour it out.

We don’t know what happened to those two dudes after they got the souvenir cup of pee, however, you have the power to control whether your cup is half full or half empty. So control your cup.

With that said go forth and have a positive and productive day.