I always try to leave people and things better than they were when I found them, and I love spending time with people that share this philosophy. I think of these people as “creators”, they create beauty, optimism, and opportunity; and help people reach their full potential. On the other side of this coin, I avoid at all costs spending any time with those that I think of as “destroyers”, those that always have a negative interpretation of any situation. “Destroyers” make no effort to build and improve people, places, and situations; rather they take every opportunity to criticize, belittle, undermine, and obstruct.
We are all familiar with the phrase, “make the best of it”, but we usually think of the phrase only in the context of making the best of a bad situation. I prefer a broader interpretation, where the phrase applies to everything we do and everyone we meet.
In this painting, we see an old farmhouse that has a few obvious flaws. The roof is old and worn and the small room “addition” is starting to settle a little bit, making it lean slightly outwards. Nevertheless, the homeowner has applied a fresh coat of paint and lovingly planted numerous flowers. “Making The Best Of It” is a tribute to those that try to make the world a better place, and a recruiting poster for the uncommitted and unconvinced.
Image and Text © 2016 Jim Golaszewski