A hard candy New Year

As my esteemed guest contributor noted in our last post, I was (quite fortunately) working during much of the recent holiday period.

I apologize that I didn’t have an opportunity to share any profound Christmas ramblings. However, I may be redeeming myself with this (albeit a day or two late) New Year’s post.

At the 9 to 5 last week, just before calling it a day on New Year’s Eve, I glanced at the dish of hard candy I keep on my desk. I noticed there was, strangely, candy in just one half of the dish.

Half full or half empty

Half full or half empty

Yeah, you know where I’m going with this.

I thought about this on the way home. I got home, started drinking and forgot about it until today (Funny how Merlot will do that to a person!).

It’s the age-old question of whether a glass – or in this case, a dish – is half full or half empty.

If you will allow me to use candy as a metaphor for all the, shall we say, sweet things in our lives, then I can safely argue that half a dish of sweetness is better than no sweetness as all!

Perhaps this is something to think about as we look back in the rearview on the year past and through the windshield to the possibilities awaiting in the one ahead.

If you’re resolving to get more candy in your life – whatever that ‘candy’ is – I hope you don’t lose sight of all the sweetness that’s already in your dish.

Wow, I just gave myself a headache with all that deep thinking!

Happy Belated New Year!



  1. Jon Jefferson

    I am not sure how it was stated but I remember an old saying around a hard candy Christmas meaning that it was going to be a tough Christmas. I would imagine by the sound of how busy you were, it felt a bit like that.


    • John McCullough

      I was laid off in September and was fortunate to be re-hired by a former employer in November. So even though I wasn’t able to take time off during the holiday break, it certainly was better than sitting home without a job!


  2. t mac

    Very nice. I love what you said about “not losing sight of the sweetness already in your dish”. This is good to remember as we start the new year! Thanks


  3. Shadra Bruce

    John, this is a lesson we are always trying to impart to our kids: don’t worry about what you don’t have; be grateful for what you do have. It’s a great way to look at life. Great post!


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