Welcome - If this works out, then this will be a blog of positive thoughts, fun and inspiration. I welcome your input and invite you to share things you find inspirational. However I reserve the right to post only things that fall within the intent of the this blog.

May your day be filled with love, laughter and happiness.

If you would like to share something here then please email me at thehalffullglass (
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Faith, Hope and Love

And now these three remain : faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love ... 1 Corinthians 13:13 

I wish I had an answer to solve the troubles of the world. I wish I had an answer to stop the blood shed where people are using their religion to justify their means.

But the simple truth is, I don't.

But would the world not be a better place if we reached out with love in our hearts instead of condemning others because of their race, creed, colour, religious beliefs or sexual preference.

You don't have to be a religious person, to see the truth in this Bible verse ... and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

This week will you reach out to someone with unconditional love in your heart.

For if all of us showed love to our fellow man, then maybe sanity will again find it's place amongst the people of the world.  For without love, are we all not lost?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Flowers, Love, Laughter and Happiness ... Something We All Deserve

As we here in the southern hemisphere begin our run up to Spring I thought I would share a few quotes for the week ahead that include flowers, laughter, love and happiness. After all we all need a little bit of all of this each and every day.

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, a man cannot live without love ... Max Muller

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature ... Gerard De Nerval

Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow ... John Lennon

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower ... John Harrigan

I  must have flowers, always, and always ... Claude Monet

Where flowers bloom, so does hope ... Lady Bird Johnson

Bloom where you are planted ... unknown

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity ... Joseph Addison

Butterflies are self propelled flowers ... Robert A. Heinlien

Thanks for popping by, I hope that your week is filled with sunshine and lots of things that make you smile. xxxx

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Words from the Depth of Knowing

Robin Williams suicide has taken the world by storm, how could someone who appeared so funny and full of joy suffer from depression that was so bad it took his life. 

Depression reaches into many families including my own, my husband suffers from it, and hid it for many years until the day he sat on the couch and told me he wanted to die, and somehow I missed all the signs until that very moment.  I now worry on a daily basis about his mental health and I think that in some ways makes it worse for him, but I have his back as much as I can, and I have to trust in his honesty when I ask the question "Are You Okay".

My youngest daughter also suffers from depression and there have been times when I have been able to do nothing except be there stroking her hair and letting her wrap herself up in my warm, cuddly blue blanket, or to sit with her in hospital waiting rooms, or to be her advocate when she struggled to find her voice ... all the while praying she would find the strength to come out the other side. 

Yesterday she posted on Face Book and her words touched my soul and I asked her if I could share them here, for while I too suffer some dark days, true depression has thankfully so far left me alone.

The words in red that follow are spoken by one who has been to the bottom of the dark hole many, many times and has found the strength to keep rising back up.  I hope and pray she continues to do that each and every day.

Her original post:

Remember, kids... Depression lies. It tells you dirty, nasty, naughty lies. Reach out, ask for help and more importantly, create a support system when you feel WELL so that people can recognise when you're not okay. More often than not, I can't speak the words out loud when I'm at the bottom of the hole but I use a certain song lyric which both my wife and my Mum recognise as code for I need help. 
Depression lies. 
Vale, Mr Williams.

Her replies to comments from friends:

One of the things I struggle with the most is not being able to talk about being depressed when I am depressed. I think that's the most dangerous part. I can talk about it when I'm well but when I'm not, I literally cannot get the words out. I've had to find other ways to let people know so that they can make sure I'm safe and okay. It's a horrible thing and I hate it with a fiery passion but unfortunately, sometimes that's not enough. Sometimes it wins and I feel like the only thing we can do is talk about it more openly and honestly. Shine a light or something...

In the interests of openness and honesty, if I ever post: 

Too much time in one day

Too much time to occupy

Boring thoughts

And boring moods

And boring bedtimes

That's the magic code and I am not okay.

I'm happy to talk about it because I think it is really important and for people who don't suffer from it, it can be difficult to understand.

It is a daily, moment by moment and sometimes second by second fight. It is relentless. It's like constantly being pursued by something you can't see and often, it is the moment you relax and take a breath that it swoops in and you're drowning in it again. 

There are things I do on a daily basis that keep me on top of it but I have to practice those things daily and even then, it's not foolproof.

That's why it is so important that people talk about it when they're well because once you're depressed, it's really easy for it to be too late.

You have to be honest about it and that's really, really hard. It's hard to tell your family, friends, work peeps and bosses that you have a mental illness but it's super important that you do.

Those are the people who may very well save your life one day. 

I once spent an entire day sitting on the floor with my boss because there was nothing else I could do and he wanted to make sure I was okay.

One time I had to ask him to call me every morning for almost a month so that I could make sure I got out of bed and went to work even if I wasn't capable of actually doing my job and he did it and I kept breathing and eventually I felt better.

You always feel better eventually but it's the people around you who help you get to eventually. Those people save your life.

I remember once having to ask my baby brother to remove his razor from the bathroom when I was in the depths of depression. That was not an easy thing to do. I was scared because I was tired of fighting and when you're tired of fighting it can be hard to be vigilant. You feel like you're moving underwater and you find yourself in places you don't remember moving to and you find yourself doing things, you don't remember wanting to do.

Sometimes asking other people to be vigilant is what saves you even if it means asking your partner to stay up all night and listen to/watch you sleep because it's easier for you to keep breathing if she's making sure that you really are.

I also sometimes use the code 'sometimes my arms bend back'. It pretty much perfectly describes the physical manifestation of my depression so if I post that, bring tea and a blanket and prepare to lay in bed with me and stroke my hair for many hours. You can all come.

I am so thankful that she had a boss that accepted her and supported her through the dark times, I am so thankful she now has a wife that loves her for ALL of who she is. I am so thankful for those friends that have stood by her and so angry at those who left her by the wayside because it was too hard. 

Thank you for reading and please feel to share if you think this will help someone you know and love.

Please, please, please if you read this and it speaks to you, if you are feeling like death is the only answer ... reach out and hold onto someone's hand and hold on tight.  Build your network of friends, family and professionals that can help. Be open and honest.

And please, if you don't suffer depression, do not judge those that do, do not think they can magically make themselves right with the world, this is a mental illness it is not a choice they make.

And as the quote at the top of the post implies, be kind to one another for we never know the journey another person is on.

Lifeline for Australia call 13 11 14 

For information about depression go to www.blackdoginsitutute.org.au

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The ReLaunch

So, in an attempt to get back into blogging,  I'm relaunching my this blog.  It's been sitting here gathering dust for over three years now. Life moving on at a fast pace and too little time meant it fell by the wayside.

I don't seem to have the blogging mojo especially to blog about my life and all the complexities that surround that, well not at the moment.  So given The Half Full Glass was started all those years back as I way for me to focus on the good, to see the glass as half full rather than half empty, it seems a good idea to drag it out of mothballs and use it in the way it was intended - as inspiration for me and any others who may drop by from time to time.

One of the things I realised when I started doing the #100HappyDays challenge on FaceBook was that there is something good in every day (well I always knew that) and I was happily popping up the daily bits and pieces that made me feel good, but then some major life events happened to members of my immediate family and it felt wrong for me to be prattling on each and every day about what I was happy about when they were obviously struggling.  So I ended up stopping the challenge.  But you know what, I sort of missed it.

So with the onset of another Super Moon on the horizon (and I'm hoping that tonight may be cloud free so that I can get some great shot with my new camera) it seemed like the time was right to relaunch this blog.  Now I am not promising daily posts, they may only be weekly at best, but taking one day in each week to celebrate all the good things that have happened seems like something I should be doing about now.

If I manage to get some photos, I'll pop back and share them too (the black and white ones below I took a couple of full moons ago with my new camera - as you can see I had trouble holding it so that I got the whole moon in the shot).

So without further ado here are some moon quotes in honour of the glorious celestial being that shares it's orbit with us:

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth - Buddha

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator - Mahatma Gandhi

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star - W. Clement Stone

Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars - Les Brown

The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase these things with money - Plautus

And the one I love the most ...

The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It's always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it's a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections - Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me.

Thanks for popping by, I would love you to share your thoughts.  Do you love a full moon rising in the dark night sky, or sinking down through the blue of the morning sky as oft seems to happen as much as I do?   xxx


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