Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lemons or Lemonade?

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  How often have you heard that little nugget?  How often have you actually made the lemonade?  Has it been any good?  Sometimes, it just seems impossible to make those tart, sour lemons into sweet, refreshing lemonade.  As life brings all of those unexpected and surprising things your way, do you take on each one in stride or are you constantly trying to make the lemonade?

I was reading an article the other day about how women are always worrying about fulfillment.  Are we content?  Are our lives where they should be?  Are our loved ones happy?  Women, as a gender, have been programmed to believe that we must constantly evaluate our lives and question the choices and decisions that we make.  We are in charge of not only our own fulfillment, but also that of our loved ones.  We are the lemonade makers, not only for ourselves, but also for our families, our friends and sometimes, even our coworkers.  Why is it that women are expected to make the lemonade?

I believe the answer lies not out there in the universe, but actually within ourselves.  It is not that we are expected to make the lemonade, but that we have assign ourselves that task.  We have decided that it is our job for ourselves and for the sake of others to turn those lemons into sweet, refreshing lemonade.  But perhaps, we have it all wrong.  Perhaps there's something to learn or gain from that difficult situation.  Next time, don't think about how to make the best of bad situation, just let it be.  Sometimes, there's a lot to be learned from not turning those lemons into lemonade.  Sometimes, you just have to let those lemons be just that - a tart, sour fruit.

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