Being a bright spot when all around you is dark

04-14-2009 9:30 AM

One of the most valuable lessons I learned from Mary Kay Ash was the importance of maintaining a positive attitude.  She often said "What you think about, you bring about!" In the more than 10 years that I worked closely with her, I never once heard her mutter a negative thought.  She was always about the possibilities, about seeing the glass half full, and about making lemonade when life gives you lemons. 

I remember in the mid-1980s, when interest rates were sky high, inflation was running rampant, savings and loans went under and our country's economy was creating challenges for us all.  Mary Kay's response was "Recession? What recession?  I refuse to participate in a recession!"  Her laser-sharp focus on continuing to help women and their families through those trying times kept us all positive and focused, too.  We made it through those times, stronger than ever.

Once again, our economy presents us with challenges.  And the news tells us that women are impacted the most in times like these.  I'm so glad that Mary Kay has a positive, nurturing culture that women can turn to.  It's so great that we can, once again, be a bright spot for all to look to -- a piece of good news that inspires hope.

There has been so much interest from the media lately, who've been looking for a positive story to tell, and they've found one in Mary Kay.  The latest was a feature on ABC'c Nightline.  If you haven't seen it yet, check it out:

Link to Nightline Video Clip

While it's great that our business results represent a bright spot, I believe there is so much more that each of us as individuals can do to spread good cheer and brighten someone's day.  Take just a few moments each day to make someone you meet feel special. Smile often. (And don't worry about those little lines that you get around your eyes from smiling, I know a source for a terriffic eye cream!)