By Michelle Fabio
Since Britney Spears’ performance on the MTV Video Music Awards, it seems like everyone has an opinion on her music as well as on her mental and physical health.
Without getting into my personal opinions on what happened in Vegas (and hey, isn’t that supposed to stay in Vegas anyway?), I’m going to talk about what Spears could learn from our favorite fruit around these parts–the tomato.
1. Some bad spots don’t ruin the whole tomato; just cut them off and make juice or something. We all have difficulties in our lives, but the trick is to slice them away and focus on the good, gleaning whatever positives we can from a given situation.
2. Emphasize the sweetness. Everyone loves a sweet tomato, but fewer truly enjoy a bitter or tart one. Play up what every one likes, the sweetness, and people will respond positively.
3. Plump is good. OK, not overly plump, as that’s unhealthy, but a little meatiness is just fine. Sure Los Angeles-types may want to see stick figures, but be proud of your body, which you earned by producing two beautiful babies.
4. Deep roots are important. For a tomato plant to be spectacular, it needs deep roots and must rely on those when times are tough, i.e., during a drought. Leaning on those most important to us, those that have formed our roots, during times of struggle is essential for our well-being as well.
5. Enriched soil enhances growth. If the soil around a tomato plant isn’t supportive of growth, there will be no plump, sweet, lovely tomatoes. Surround yourself with people who care about you and your well-being–and not the human equivalent of fruitworms.