When Life Gives You Lemons

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” so the saying goes. It has been a couple of weeks of highs and lows, excitement, anticipation, sadness and apprehension. I know I am not the only one who has these, and I know that life is made up of highs, lows and everything in between. I also know that it is easy to dwell on the lemons and forget about the lemonade even when they are sitting side by side. 

My logical self knows that the lemons are a chance to gain knowledge or perspective. They are a chance to turn something around, look for the diamond, or exercise my patience. I also know they offer an easier way by getting angry or pulling the covers over my head! I get to choose whether to keep the lemons or to make the lemonade.

There are three sayings on the door to my office:

1.      Be happy. It drives the haters crazy.

2.      Nothing happens to me – it happens because ofme.

3.      Fear is a sign to take action quickly.

I believe all of them to be true. All imply there is always a choice. So from all the lemons, I am going to take each one and cut it open and squeeze the juice out of it – choosing to be thoughtful, figure out what is really going on, what I am supposed to learn from the individual or combination of worries, what, if anything, I can do about them now, how I can avoid them in the future, or are they someone else’s issues that they are just trying to suck me into? And once I think I have squeezed all I can out of them, I need to add the sugar and stir them into lemonade!