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“If you get lemons, make lemonade” It has various authors listed online, but the one I chose to accept is Dale Carnegie. It was a popular quote by Mr. Carnegie and his version is "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade". The red text way is how I always have said it.

I really like this quote about life because in my life I have a lemon tree growing. I’ve been harvesting lemons for years.  However, the harvest has been good.  Without really thinking about this quote every time, my wife and I have used all of the bad situations in life to our advantage. It seemed that every time the stool got kicked out from under us, things got better.  Our life improved with every adversity we received.

You can take any “lemon” and turn it into lemonade.  You just have to look long enough and hard enough at the situation to find how it can be turned to your advantage.

Lose a job, find a new career.
Lose a love, find a new lover.
Lose anything and find something to replace it.

The thing is, we often dwell on the “sour lemon” so much that we cannot see the forest for the trees.  We are so absorbed in our problem that we do not look for a solution. We talk to our friends about the problem. We cry to relatives about how unfair it is.  We look for sympathy anywhere we can find it.

Do not get so absorbed in your problems that you do not see the challenge they could present. Each lemon could really be opportunity knocking if you would only step back and evaluate what has happened.

Next time you are dealt an unfair hand by life, take a look at it carefully.  What can you find in the situation that you can make better with a slight attitude adjustment?  Find it and make just that one small change.  Then look for another thing and another.  YES! You are making lemonade.

So, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.




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