Choosing the Question’s Answer

Human Resource Professionals face the countless questions every day and, hopefully, we provide the same countless amount of answers. This holds true for professions ranging from baker, bailiff and bartender to a secretary, singer or surgeon. We have a choice with each question when choosing the question’s answer.


Choosing the Question’s Answer

Choosing the question’s answer requires your immediate gut-instinct reaction and in no need of debate. The facts offer enough information so that you may form an educated answer; therefore, don’t think about it…just answer it.

The facts

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I need you to visualize a room in your head. Imagine this room and make it as ordinary as possible. This is YOUR room so you be the judge on what you see. The only stipulation is that you must visualize a table somewhere inside the room.

After you’ve done this imagine a very comfortable chair and picture yourself sitting comfortably in it at the table. The thermostat is set to your desired temperature and a nice breeze is blowing. You’re as comfortable as can be.

A glass appears on the table and is made of the finest crystal. You examine the glass and marvel at the craftsmanship. You find a vase filled with the coldest water you’ve ever imagined and you pour the sparkling water into the glass. The water seems to enhance the beauty of the glass.

You look at the glass and notice that the vase didn’t have enough water to completely fill the glass.


The Question

Describe the amount of water in the glass. Is it half ______________ or half ________________.


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The Answer

Your answer to the above can play a role in discovering how you view events. And, if I were to bet, your recent experiences – whether they are recent as in hours, days, weeks, months – may play a part in your answer.

THIS is the true answer to the question and not if the glass is half empty or half full. Why? Well, if you hand only enough water to fill the glass to halfway…wouldn’t half full and half empty be the same thing? The only difference would be your interpretation.


The Choice

We have a choice to either look for obstacles or opportunities. Perhaps something didn’t go the way you wanted it to go. Then, perhaps, you could find an even greater opportunity you would have never found otherwise. Perhaps a door shut and won’t reopen. Stop and look around. Are there doors you never saw before simply because tunnel vision blinded you to them? It’s time for choosing the question’s answer.

According to Susan M. Hartfield:

Happiness is largely a choice. I can hear many of you arguing with me, but it’s true. You can choose to be happy at work. Sound simple? Yes. But, simplicity is often profoundly difficult to put into action. I wish all of you had the best employer in the world, but, face it, you may not. So, think positively about your work. Dwell on the aspects of your work you like. Avoid negative people and gossip. Find co workers you like and enjoy and spend your time with them. Your choices at work largely define your experience. You can choose to be happy at work.

She said it best….We can choose to be happy at work.

Someone commented today that it is important to remember that there is a lot more than the confines of four walls. What does this mean? Don’t give yourself tunnel vision – you might miss something absolutely fantastic.

References and Additional Information

The quoted information from Susan M. Hartfield comes from To learn more about Susan, visit her Google profile by clicking here.

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