In life, thoughts on consuming the entire glass

In life, thoughts on consuming the entire glass

Posted on September 02, 2016 by Mark A. Cunningham

Editor's Note: Mark A. Cunningham, AICP, CPM, has been Sarasota's assistant county administrator since 2012. He shares his thoughts following the recent Aspirations to Actions Initiative Public Innovators Lab kickoff. The event commemorated the journey ahead as representatives of Manatee and Sarasota county public libraries, The Patterson Foundation, and other community members begin the Aspirations to Actions journey. 

We have all participated in or heard the conversations about the half glass of water. It usually revolves around whether the glass is half full or half empty. But, the question seldom asked is: What happened to the other half?

While our individual glass in this life may be a different shape, type, or size, we were all given a full glass. So what happened to the other half -- regardless of whether you view the glass as half full or half empty?

The answer is we most likely consumed it. That makes the other half part of us and contributes to the richness of our life experience. In lieu of the philosophical conversation that we normally have about whether the glass is half full or half empty, let's consume the half that remains, so we can be filled with all that life has to offer.

Consuming the full glass means we're filling our own lives in order to turn outward, connect and contribute to the lives of others --- which is at the heart of the work of public innovators and the work of the Aspirations to Actions Initiative.

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