HOW TO MAKE LEMONS OUT OF LEMONADE:
People give plenty of advice on what to do when life hands you lemons (you know, the crap-scented parts of life that no one ever talks about and bloggers love to blog about?). But there seems to be a lack of advice on what to do when life hands you lemonade… and YES THAT HAPPENS! Sometimes, life is good, people are happy, bank accounts are full-ish, bills are paid, love is in the air, people are makin’ babies… though not necessarily all at the same time. Sometimes, life hands us blessings that are sweet, refreshing, and satisfying like a tall glass of lemonade.
And that is really what we are trying to avoid here.
To be sure your lemonade turns into a good sour lemon follow these four easy steps:
1. Ignore it. This is really the quickest way to turn lemonade into a lemon. Simply ignore it. When life hands you lemonade, you let someone else drink that tall glass of happy. You, my friend, are committed to the process of being miserable!! Wipe that smile off your face, WE ARE MAKING LEMONS PEOPLE!!!
EXAMPLE: You are feeling really discouraged when out of the blue a friend calls and invites you to go out for coffee. YOU SAY, NO!! Now hang up the phone and continue feeling sorry for yourself because no one understands you.
2. Reject it. Never let anything that might threaten your unhappiness fill your glass. “Get that junk out yo face!!”
EXAMPLE: You just had a baby/ got a promotion/ moved to an exciting new city/ got married… these are all horribly sweet things that can easily be made into lemons with a little rejection.
3. Endure it. You don’t want to be rude and just walk away? Or maybe that lemonade just came to you and it was completely out of your control. Not to worry, you can still make a lemon out of it by refusing to enjoy it. Try telling yourself things like, “lemonade will make you fat” and “sugar rots your teeth”. That’s usually a great way to turn something sweet into something sour. Key here is really never living in the moment. Keep your thoughts always focused on something you lost or something you have not yet attained and you’ll be sure to endure but never enjoy any blessing that comes your way.
EXAMPLE: You have a great job and a beautiful family, but your neighbor has a better paying job and the freedom to move around. Focus on him.
4.Hog it. This is surefire yet subtle way to make a super sour lemon out of life’s lemonade. Drink it all! Do it fast or store it somewhere secret where only you can get to it, but whatever you do DON’T SHARE IT. I guarantee that once refreshing drink will be sour lemon in no time. If you hide your lemonade long enough it might even start to rot!! Yay! BONUS!!
Example: Tommy has two beach balls and Sally has none. Tommy laughs at Sally and walks away with two beach balls and no friends.
There it is, 4 easy ways to make lemons out of lemonade.
This recipe can easily be converted for people who’d like to make the most of life’s blessings by following the above steps in reverse order.
When life hands you lemonade:
And Share it.
But what fun would that be?
What about you? Ever made a lemon out of lemonade? How do you avoid doing it?
Taste and See that the Lord is good! Psalm 34:8
Praying for you today, that your cup will overflow with sweet blessings.