One of our fellow inmates is a Christian TV Evangelist. He is serving a 3 year sentence for some kind of white collar “crime”. Since the day he arrived he has been complaining about how horrible this experience is (he was never arrested, put in a real jail cell, or even handcuffed; he was allowed to simply self-surrender here to the camp).
He is miserable most of the time. You would think he was being tortured everyday by the guards, given nothing to eat, and forced to work 16 hours a day in a slave labor POW camp. His constant “oh poor me” attitude, and how horribly he is suffering is actually amazing to watch.
While most of the men would prefer to be home with their families, all would agree that we are not in a “prison”. We are in a very comfortable “camp” that is more like a college dorm living situation and campus or a military “barracks” type set up.
Everything in life is simply what you make of it. Everything you are dealing with is what you decide it will be. You and only you have the power to decide how you are going to react or respond to whatever you are facing in your life.
A discussion stated about being optimistic or pessimistic. The usual arguments about “realistic” and dealing with the facts and the true undeniable reality were vigorously debated.
Then came up the analogy of the glass being half empty or half full. Everyone had an interesting opinion. I simply listened to this discussion and remained silent. No one asked my opinion therefore I felt no need to give one. I listened intently and tried to understand and appreciate everyone’s various viewpoints and ideas. I learned a lot.
As the “debate” was winding to a close, one of my friends said as a matter of fact “you all are missing the point about the glass being half full or half empty. That does not matter. What matters is you can always refill the glass!” Everyone was silent.
I smiled, so thankful for being given this wonderful new example of TRUTH.