Make lemonade

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” We can have lemons or we can make lemonade. We can encourage optimism and a can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune, or do nothing.

We must learn to apply the brakes, slow down and take an emotional step back, so that we’re looking at the bigger picture of the issue. Slowly work through each part of the puzzle until we get the answers we’re looking for, taking time to think about and analyse each option as we go.

When you’re feeling stressed, pay extra attention to your thoughts and feelings, as our feelings are the catalyst, which form the foundations to our health and wellbeing. We can choose to live behind a façade, or we can accept our life and move on with a view to change certain things.

We can all have lemons, or we can find a way to make lemonade. I refuse to accept a bunch of lemons as my fate.

8 Oct, 2015

4 thoughts on “Make lemonade

  1. Yes, I’m thinking that’s why so many people walk around looking like they’re sucking on lemons because they don’t know how to make lemonade!

    It seems like 99% of the population is acting this way, so it’s no wonder things are the way they are. People just seem so very unhappy when they should be grateful for what they do have and stop worrying about what they don’t. One of my biggest fears is to end up as one of those bitter, nasty people in a nursing home who curse the day they were born.

    It does hit me occasionally about what my life could have been like and what I could have accomplished, but I have to accept the here and now. I see this happening all the time with others in my recovery program who can’t let go and go right back to drinking.

    It is very understandable especially if it’s an older person who feels like they have already wasted too much of their life. It’s always a struggle for me because part of me likes the lemons and the other wants to help others make their own lemonade.

    It would probably help a lot if I learned how to make my own lemonade first!

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes people don’t always look that happy to me, I agree.

      I understand how difficult it is to emotionally stay afloat and move forward with our lives. It’s easy to stay stuck for longer than we intend and for those who manage to move forward to fall back into old habits, after all it’s what we know and what we’re familiar with.

      My mum used to quote ‘we’re a long time dead.’ I’m not exactly sure what she was trying to say then, but since we’re here for a finite time I think it is important for us to try to move forward as best we can and make the best of what we have.

      It’s not always easy, but it will always be worth it in the long run.

  2. I guess this is saying make the best with whatever life hands your way and I can see the merit in that positive attitude.

    It’s hard to see the positive in everything sometimes, especially when life hands you crap for a while.

    1. I don’t disagree with you that life hands us ‘crap’ for a while, but it’s up to us to work through that, because those are our most important lessons. We learn nothing when life goes the way we want.

      It would be lovely to think that some of the cards we’re dealt weren’t so difficult and I agree with you on that, particularly when it comes to emotional and physical abuse. As the adult we can always choose to change things; as a child that option isn’t open to us.

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