When Life Hands You Lemons…

What’s the deal with lemons? We hear all sort of sayings about life handing you lemons.
When Life Hands you Lemons…
    Make Lemonade
    Keep them, because, Free Lemons
    Throw them back!
    Add some salt, tequila and make margaritas!

It seems life really likes handing out lemons.  So I was thinking, what’s the deal with lemons? Well let’s take a look at these sour punch packing little fruits.  They are rich in vitamin C, potassium and are overall a good healthy fruit choice.  But who would order a tall glass of 100% freshly squeezed lemon juice? I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t.  We always add something to it, water, sugar, honey, tequila.  I love cooking with lemons and with limes, that citrus punch kicks up many delicious dishes. Adding lemons can make something delicious, even sweet.   So the whole motivational lesson is to make something something good when life hands you those metaphorical lemons. You know when those difficult unexpected ridiculous circumstances creep in or just plain fall out of the blue, make the best of it.  But the more I thought it about it didn’t seem quite so simple.  You see, a gallon of lemon takes a lot of extra ingredients to make sweet.  With that said, it seems that when life’s difficulties hit, they don’t just trickle in, they ambush you like a flood.  In those instances making that lemonade takes a lot more than just a spoon full of sugar. And that’s where the challenge lies, not just in making something good or sweet with the lemons but it making sure that they don’t overpower you with bitterness.
Lemons are rich in vitamin c, an immune system booster, that means that it makes you stronger to fight off infections and keep you from getting sick. Very much like difficulties in life can also make us stronger.  Going through difficulties can help you grow, but what you will grow into depends on whether you let that lemon juice make you bitter or better.  There’s a quote that has been attributed to Winston Churchill that says, “if you’re going through hell, keep going!” More often than not, circumstances do not overtake us, we will make it to the other side.  But making sure that we are not bitter, angry and miserable after the journey is one of the biggest challenges.  Not only would that make it more difficult to face future truck loads of lemons along the road (and believe me the lemons keep coming) but it also affect those traveling with you and around you.

When circumstances get hard, let it make you better and not bitter.