We don’t always get what we want in life. Sometimes you only get lemons and rotten tomatoes, but the point in this little conversation today is to be able to deal with whatever comes your way. Another words a person needs to be flexible enough in life that we can make changes to our plans according to what a day brings.
When the core of our beliefs are solid and the core of our faith is solid, then the changes that happen to us and around us in life are much easier to accept. Making changes and being flexible as life unfolds itself is really something we learn. The more we are able to see the benefit in not being too stubborn and to just going with the flow the happier we will be. If we try paddling against the current, chances are we’ll be left alone to drift on our own because going with the flow of life is much easier. Trying to paddle against the current is exhausting and really a lesson in futility. It’s also extremely hard emotionally and very damaging to friendships etc.
So, if life throws you a lemon how can you handle it if you refuse to accept the lemon? What if you are going merrily along in life and all of a sudden the rug is pulled out from under your feet. Those times are never pleasant, but at some point if we accept what has happened then we’ll be able to make lemonade out of the situation. If we refuse to accept and not bend with the changes, we’ll most likely break from the strain of stiffness. It takes a lot of energy to not accept life and what it brings. If we continually think about what was and compare that to what we have now, it is going to drive us crazy, and it’s going to wear us completely out.
Lately I am learning how to make lemonade out of a situation where I’ve been given lemons. It hasn’t been easy, but at some point it is going to be okay. Maybe the point when I start putting a little sugar into the mixture. Other words, not just accepting this new direction but finding something good in it. That is like adding a little sugar into the mixture and at some point it will taste good and I will be able to smile again. Not that I don’t smile now, but really smile from the bottom of my toes to the top of my head. A smile from the inside and that is easy to present to the world. So, how to begin to add the sugar? Maybe just a little bit of gratitude will help me. That is like a grain of sugar. Then a little hope. There is another few grains of sugar. Love will add in quite of few more grains of sugar and kindness will continue the sweetness of my lemonade. There is a lot to bring in that will sweeten up my life.
The first step in the process is to be flexible and to never get too stuck in my own ways. A little lesson in life for the young and old. Never too late to learn a lesson that will make the journey a little more pleasant.