This week I will be exploring FOUR quotes I use in my book Grown Up Conversations, in my blogs, or generally when I am speaking.
Today’s Quote is, “There’s no lemon so sour that you cannot make something resembling lemonade.”
This quote has been the basis of my book Grown Up Conversations. When we were children we chatted as children, trained to handle differences as a child, and communicated as children.
However, as grown-ups life oftentimes brings us face to face with very complicated and uncomfortable situations which we are never fully prepared to handle.
These events in life leave an aftertaste as sour as lemons long after the experience is gone. Since we are no longer children, we must become creative in managing adversity or misfortune (lemons) remembering that lemons only come in seasons, but they have purpose.
Misfortunes, regrets, and unpleasant encounters can qualify us to become heroes of faith (the confidence of what we hope for without the evidence of seeing it).
There are no limitations to what we can do with a handful of lemons.
We were born resilient so if there are no difficulties, we will not be tough. The beautiful things is, once you walk through the pain make certain that you’re not going back to the pain.
Unfortunately, many adults get stuck holding their lemons as a showpiece.
Terrible things will happen – it’s simply a fact of life that we all must accept with grace. You don’t have to hide and pretend that the experience wasn’t terrible but think about the lessons that you can learn from it.
Don’t try to distract yourself by running into a romantic relationship or gulping glasses of wine to escape the painful setback.
Sure, something bad has happened to you, but if you really look, you will find something positive that you can focus on. We are now grown-ups and before long we will be fading into the sunset so allow God to exchange pain for respect.
Even if you don’t see or feel the difference – if God is involved – you will be compensated. Find your passions, explore your hobbies, connect with others, and get involved helping the weaker ones.
Grown-ups believe without seeing the light at the end of the tunnel by shifting the focus from holding the lemons as a trophy of pain to birthing something phenomenal.
Remember if you play victim – you will stay wounded.
When life gives you lemons sweeten it with gratitude. Become a sweeter, kinder human. Faith in God is taking the first step long before you see the glass jug filled with lemonade. One day you will tell the story of how you overcame.
Ecclesiastes 3:3 “To every thing there is a SEASON, and a TIME to every PURPOSE under the heaven.” Lemons have their SEASON. TIME waits on no one to get their act together. PURPOSE is making your past jealous of how well you are doing today.