What Do You Do When Life Gives You Lemons?

Most folk, when they hear the term "when life gives you lemons" - pretty much knows what that means, it's a metaphor for how to make the best out the worst situation.

It is not always about what happens to you, but rather what you learn along the way.

Life is pregnant with challenges and obstacles, one or the other is delivered every minute of every day. But, what if we reframed the situation and saw it as a chance and an opportunity. We can get so focused on the what, we totally miss out on the how. How can I convert this situation into an opportunity to expand myself and squeeze the juice out of this "lemon"?

Every obstacle is an opportunity in disguise. Every challenge is a chance (a moment in time) when we get to decide how we are going to react or respond to what is happening to us. That's how you make lemonade from the lemons that are showing up in your life.

Here's a few suggestions for how to make the best out of unfortunate circumstances and situations

  1. Sit with "it" - what is this situation communicating to you? Nothing shows up in your life empty handed. No one likes adversity, but she never comes without a gift. Let that sink in.

  2. Monitor your reactions - how you respond to all those "lemons" that just showed up on your doorstep will reveal to you "where" you really are. The natural response is to get emotional or upset, but once you take your ride on the emotional roller coaster, then what?

  3. Be still and know - that you cannot control every situation. You can only change what you can change, the rest is there to change you. Remember, nothing just happens. Some situations are of your own making, and some are are sent to you to stretch you. Consider that the next time a basket of lemons show up.

  4. Look for the Lesson - Someone once told me, you will be drawn to what you need to learn. Ask yourself the questions: What do I need to learn here? What do I need to unlearn? Both are loaded questions, the answers to which are hidden in the "lemons". Look until you see.

  5. Stay open for what's coming next - every time you look into the eyes of challenge and overcome obstacles, you are being prepared for another level. It's all about revealing to you what you are made of and what you can do when you summon your personal power.

What doesn't kill you doesn't always make you stronger.

You know what "they" say, "what don't kill you makes you stronger" - that is only true if you activate your strength to usher you through the struggle. Remember, NOTHING JUST HAPPENS. It needs your participation and activation.

Be comforted in knowing that "no weapon formed against you can prosper". Believe that and there's no adversity you will not be able to overcome.


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