A Firm Foundation

Lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at you.” ~ David Brinkley

In my life as I imagine would be the case in yours, I’ve had bricks thrown at me for things I’ve done wrong, things I’ve done right and for things I had nothing to do with. Bricks will be thrown at you whether you deserve them or not, so you might as well learn to make the best use of them.

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10 Responses to A Firm Foundation

  1. Colin says:

    Even if something is intended to be hurtful, if you can turn it around and make it useful that is the only thing that matters. People have to live with the bricks they throw, they have already made their choice; but the receiver of the bricks doesn’t have to make the same choice as the thrower…

  2. Mark Miller says:

    Well said!

  3. Brad says:

    I find this to be one of the great quests of life.
    And its amazing what some people build with the bricks thrown their way.

  4. Ricardo B. says:

    What a great reminder that we all have the ability to turn our adversities into something of value in keeping faith with the goodness of life.

  5. MMc says:

    This is the point in each life when we decide who we are. Forgiveness like all attributes sound noble it’s not until it is actually given that it is noble. At that point it becomes the fabric of our life. Whenever the habit of hate is broken it’s not just a pebble in a pond with ripples, it’s an earthquake in hell. This is where we each can make an indelible difference. Thanks for this post.

  6. Joy says:

    Great perspective Gregg. The world is full of people slinging bricks at one another, which results in a lot of heartache and hurt. But if we learn to become expert at catching those bricks their is no telling what could be built with them.

  7. Kolya says:

    This is such excellent advise and best learned early, even if it’s today!

  8. Doug says:

    This quote should be included in the anti- bullying campaigns that schools and universities conduct. On one hand we want to rehabilitate bullies but at the same time if this is taught to their victims it will lessen the power of the bully to inflict pain, which seems to feed their twisted psyche. Fight or flight are not the only options, there is build. I like your thinking!

  9. Joshua says:

    Providing a clean slate in service to others, through forgiveness, is our greatest Privilege and Responsibility. We often come to find that they knew not what they were doing in the first place. (brick throwers)
    There is certainly no shortage of opportunity.
    Catch em’, give thanks, and through our actions ask why waste such a perfectly good brick?

  10. Sometimes another will tell you that someone has thrown a brick your way. This can be an opportunity to lay that foundation and put that person’s heart to rest by such attitudes of understanding and forgiveness. It is good to share in the brick building business of transforming the world. Thanks for your post.

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