Thursday, March 18, 2010

Laying Your Foundation


Hello Optimists,

I was watching The View yesterday and Kate Gosselin was joining the ladies as a guest host. It seems like just yesterday she was the mom in "Jon and Kate Plus Eight", but more recently, she has been in the spotlight for her recent divorce, her hair 'do (or hair don't) and her new "celeb" status. Now she's set to be on this season's Dancing with the Stars...and I'm still trying to figure out why. But that's a different story. 

The ladies on The View got to talking about how the media and paparazzi are not scrutinizing every little detail of her life and how difficult it is now for her to even go out in public. As I watched, I was thinking about how crazy it must be to have your every little action photographed and be followed by people looking to "dig up some dirt". But then again, isn't all of this what made her "famous"? I guess I have to hand it to her then, because despite all that's happened, her face is still being plastered all over magazines and on E!, plus she's a "star" on DWTS. Not such a bad deal after all. After everything that has gone on in her life and all the bad press she's gotten over the last few years, she has managed to turn that all around and make a name for herself. Of course, we won't discuss the ethics behind all of this, because we know for sure that's up for debate. But her ability to turn the bad into the good reminded me of a quote I once read about that very thing, and I thought it would be perfect for today's post...
A successful man is one who can lay a foundation with the bricks that others have thrown at him. -David Brinkley
Ok, so maybe Kate Gosselin isn't the best example of this, but you have to admit, she has built a solid foundation for herself. This goes to show that sometimes life can be harsh and we need to learn to deal with some things that aren't exactly working out the way we had planned. Some people are going to be try to take us down and do everything in their power to keep us from reaching our highest potential. But, we've got to be able to recognize who these people are, and take the negative things that they are adding to our lives and turn them into positive things. We've got to lay the foundation with the bricks they've thrown at us. This certainly isn't an easy job, but we have to learn how to do it.

I think it's easy for us all to be hurt by someone or something in our lives, and that one little thing is all it takes for that confidence to be sucked right out of us. It's just natural. But overcoming that feeling of doubt brought on by others and learning to use it to our advantage is where we can truly become successful. Like it's always said, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" or the one I like, "When life gives you tomatoes, make a bloody Mary"...same message. It's up to you to make the decision to turn the bad into the good- so make a promise that instead of dodging those bricks, you'll start laying your foundation.

Keep Smiling,
Optimal Optimist

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