Wednesday, January 6, 2010
"Do what you can with what you have."
Perhaps it's redundant but it feels more complete to say
"Do what you can with what you have where you are."
Both authors make this point also. Karbo for Coco - Chanel rode the horses of her lover as his mistress. Jodphurs became part of her fashion vocabulary. She did what she could with what she had (access to horses, stables, riding clothes) where you are. For the Widow, when her husband died early in life and in the development of the wine business, she decided to continue the business and manage it herself.
Both of these French women, one from the 1700s to 1800s and the other in the 1900s, went on to become amazingly successful financially and in their impact on culture by doing what they could with what they had where they were.
I'm going to try this out.