Castle from trash

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A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

David Brinkley

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This is a literal translation of what David Brinkley said. A castle can indeed be built from trash. But I find Mr. Brinkley’s quote deeper than that. It appears to me that the bricks are stuff that people had used to hurt you, something that could have brought you to your knees, could have made you bled, incapacitated, in the worst extent mutilated and in the end using those factors that maimed you to fight back and win. Classic superhero stuff? Maybe. Didn’t superman get really hurt before he fights back and rise to the occasion worthy of his cape? Has that happened to you? Or currently happening? Are you in a state where you take all the blame or the worst stuff at work or in the community? Does it appear at times, seems unbearable and there is no reason for you to suffer that? Has there been a bad falling out, deal gone bad, lost commitment or lost contract and you are the one blamed for all because you are the CHEESE? The one who don’t have anyone to point a finger on as you are the last in line? Are you young doing the hazing? Or old and stuck?

We’ll good news for you, life doesn’t stay like that unless you let it. You were given by God a body and mind equipped to survive (if with disability, the other senses or extremity compensates, it is still survival). The mind to comprehend, the mouth to speak it out, the eyes to ensure they are listening to you, the ears that hears their reply, the hands that steadies you as you take everything in and the lips to smile as you acknowledge your win.

Grab the chance, use the bricks, it made you stronger, they would need a huge block to get your attention. But the bricks is a necessity, believe it or not. Some might have gone through easier than you, but I assure you their foundation couldn’t be stronger than yours. Your resolve will not be shaken definitely, not as much as them who made it easy. Hang tough, once the villains finish their torment, its done, now it’s your turn, make it sweet. You deserve it!

 

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

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Hmmm, food for thought, quite a chunk. We always get inspirational quotes, motivational speeches and encouraging dialogues that moves us forward for whatever decision we have to make. Accepting a promotion, becoming a parent, getting married, that sort of life altering decision in life.

We need that, aware or not, that is one factor why we go ahead with a decision, when we get told to. I always had qualms, and most of the time my mind is made up but I just can’t go ahead sometimes, specially if it concerns other people’s welfare, I need an accomplice.

 

In my life, I always had my mentor, Pascale, she’s different from me like night and day, that was the first day I met her. She was my mentor, financial manager, for 10 years and had been the greatest motivator in my life. She never really told me what to do but she makes me ‘say’ what I want to do. She narrows everything down that made me select the best answer like a quiz. For the last 14 months I haven’t seen her yet as we are continents away. She made me believe and she made me who I am. She was and is the friend, adviser, boss, logical judge and french connoisseur, best I ever had. Thankful for the lessons given. The best advise she gave me was, I am great and I should believe I am. There is no better person who could think less or more of you than yourself.

 

Merci beaucoup Madame! Gros Bisous!

 

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