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5 Lessons Britney Spears Could Learn From a Tomato

5 Lessons Britney Spears Could Learn From a Tomato -tomatocasual.comBy 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.

22 Responses to “5 Lessons Britney Spears Could Learn From a Tomato”

  1. Judith in Umbria Says:

    Good post! If we had an address for her, I’d start a mail campaign in which everybody could send her a message saying being normal is good. And that she looks normal. Those who liked could send her a tomato.

    The other things can’t be solved with a nice message, but it seems disgraceful to me that we exploit kids and then reap a reward of shameful gossip about the person that exploitation created. It’s like opening a can of pelati and finding skin and bad places. It isn’t really the tomato’s fault.

  2. Mélanie Says:

    Great post !!! I hope she will read it or someone will tell her

  3. michelle Says:

    Judith, I completely agree. All part of that “build them up so you can tear them down” mentality. I certainly don’t envy the celebrity’s life.

    Mélanie, thanks! I just hope someone somewhere is telling her similar things.

  4. Jeni Hill Ertmer Says:

    Very interesting analogy there. I’m not a fan of hers but your words seem to be some good words of wisdom there.

  5. michelle Says:

    Jeni, truth be told, I don’t own any Britney music either, but I do wish her the best. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Jen in MI Says:

    Wonderful post! And yes, I think she needs some deeper roots and good soil. She’s still so YOUNG. (And I mean this more in the way she runs her life – I think age is very relative).

  7. Karina Says:

    Great post! You pretty much hit all the important points. Regardless of personal feelings about the rest of what is going on with her, I have to tell you that the fact that everyone was so focused on her body, and calling her fat appaled me. If that’s fat, then boy, what about the rest of us?

  8. michelle Says:

    Jen in MI, excellent point–she is young, and there’s plenty of time to get back on track.

    Karina, thanks, and agreed–I feel the same way about the “fat” remarks. Completely out of line.

  9. Guy Sturino Says:

    I really enjoyed your observations, and it was a pleasure to read.
    Insight isn’t uncommon, but expressing it with the soul of poet is rare.
    I’ll be back.

  10. michelle Says:

    Hi Guy! Thanks for your kind words; I hope you’ll be a regular at both sites 🙂

  11. bella Says:

    This has to be the most light hearted take I’ve read so far on the whole VMA debacle. I loved it!

  12. michelle Says:

    Thanks bella 🙂

  13. meredith Says:

    This is just the advice Britney needs. I don’t think she’s a rotten tomato, she just got mixed up with some bad apples….

  14. michelle Says:

    Meredith, excellent point.

  15. Tina Says:

    Thanks to youtube, I watched the performance just now. You know, I really hope she allows herself to enter into the new era of her life that awaits her. She could go on to do some pretty cool things. While I didn’t really dig the performance (just not my kinda stuff, & I’m not a fan anyway), I have to say that for the first time, I saw a woman up there dancing, not a girl. Also, in my opinion, her body looks great! It looks feminine and not over-exercised. I was never into the washboard stomach thing. I hope she does well.

  16. Grace Says:

    Great post! Now if only we could email this to Perez Hilton!

  17. michelle Says:

    Tina, I have to agree with you about the girl/woman thing, and maybe my perceptions (and perhaps yours!) come from living in Europe for a while where all shapes and sizes of women are appreciated? I don’t know but I agree with you, also, that I hope she can pick herself up and move on to better things.

    Grace, yes Perez was particularly harsh, wasn’t he? It’s all such a business, though, and that’s his job, I suppose.

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  19. Gwendolyn Choo Says:

    Great post !!! I hope she will read it or someone will tell her

    nice blog


  20. michelle Says:

    Thanks Gwen!

  21. Anna Says:

    Britney Spears is my favorite female pop singer ever since i was in high school. Britney is such a great performer and i love watching her music videos.

  22. Pam Says:

    This was genius Michelle….I loved it! Hugs!

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