You’ve all heard the phrase – “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This phrase tells you to make the best out of your situation. But what about the times you’ve been given bad lemons and you can’t make lemonade from it? How are you suppose to make taste good out of a bad ingredient? We will always run into situations in life where we get the short end of the stick and all we can do is to remain optimistic and hope for the best.
There will be many times in our lives when things do not go our way. Maybe you have been passed over for a promotion, something you’ve been working long and hard to get. Perhaps you lost your wallet during a night out. Or you could be battling an illness one right after the other. These things stink and it’s awful that you have to deal with these rotten lemons but rather than whine and complain, can we learn to accept it?
I find that accepting the rotten lemons in life is a ritual we all go through. No one can escape suffering or misfortunes. We will all encounter them in some way. But what differs people from one another is how they handle it. Some people go ballistic and show their anger at their situation. While the other, the one I like to preach, remains calm and doesn’t react to the situation. What use is dwelling on a problem going to do for us? If something bad happens, we can be frustrated by the situation but complaining and placing blame will not get a person closer to closure.
I’m a huge advocate of taking a calmer approach to life. When rotten lemons appear and bad luck is on your side, acknowledge the situation and learn to adapt. If you were given rotten lemons, instead of making lemonade, you can use its seeds to plant a new lemon. The idea is to always think of how you can use what you’ve been given and adapt to it. I find that if a person does not show their panic over something they cannot control, they become more level headed in addressing their troubles.
The next time you find yourself in a tough predicament, learn to not react immediately. Take the time to acknowledge what is frustrating you and the circumstances you have been given and learn to make the best of it. You might find a solution to your problem or things will work in your favor at a later time. Complaining will not make your troubles go away so rather than do that, embrace life and make the best out of it.
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