I was recently out to dinner with some friends. We were having some seafood at a lovely restaurant. I had a very nice glass of Pinot Grigot to go along with the steamers and salmon I was having. My glass must have been at the halfway point because one of my friends began refilling it. He was “topping”it off. I put my hand up in protest. For me, having the glass halfway is just fine.

I used to be one of those people that wanted my wine glass filled to the rim. That was,until I realized that the wine actually tastes better when it has room to “breathe”. You can smell the “body” of the wine better as well. But more importantly than that is the wine is incidental to the occasion I am celebrating.

While other people may have two or three glasses of wine, I am still sipping on the half glass I started with. I attribute this change in my behavior towards my wine the same as the way I view my life. I used to think that I needed more “things” in my life. I was like a lot of people. I would see something and try to figure out how I could have it.

In the end I wound up with a lot of things I rarely used. All they did was take up valuable space that could have been used for something else. Instead of thinning out those gadgets and containers, I merely walked by them. What I did not realize at the time was the enormous weight all of this placed on me. And if you had asked me about it I would have shrugged it off.

My possessions took up much more space in me as well as my home. Back in those days my wine glass HAD to be full to the brim at all times. More often than not, I was more interested in the wine than the conversation. Then one night I was out with a girlfriend of mine. We were in a very intense conversation. We were laughing and crying. before I knew it, we had been in a discussion for a couple of hours. My glass was half full. But I was filled with a richness that comes from friendship.

From that richness, my internal glass was filled to the top! From that point on I place more value on what is going on around my glass than how much is in it!!