Tuesday, August 14, 2012
When Life Hands You a Lemon...
I have decided I am going to make lemonade today...and tomorrow...and the next...! Starting today, I am going to pour an excessive amount of "sugar" into my daily life.
Yep. That is what I am going to do.
No one is exempt from a little souring that creeps or sometimes simply dumps unexpectedly into rour life. What makes the difference is how we react to these challenges.
A lemon, unpeeled and sitting in my hand is a rather useless item. The rind is quite hard and the pulp inside is too sour for most to simply eat (unless you are my dad who loves to slice a lemon in half, put salt on it, squeeze and lick...it's actually pretty darn good).
No one wants to carry around a lemon. And no one wants to be around that lemon either.
And for the past few months, I have been that lemon.
But everyone wants a tall glass of ice cold sweet lemonade! Just last week, my dear friend Melanie took me to the quaint town of Middleburg. There, we found a hidden gem of a shop tucked down a few steps of an old store front. Tired and overheated from the hot summer day, we ordered the "lemonade smoothie." What we received was pure bliss. A tall glass filled with the sweetest, smoothest, iciest goodness.
We took our drinks and literally fell into a huge soft leather couch. There, we not only enjoyed the lemonade, we enjoyed each other...no plain hard ol' lemon in site!
My exterior is a bit like the rind of a lemon right now. But I am ready to take the seemingly pointless outer peel and create a little zest.
Today I received a text from a friend asking how my day went. Instead of quickly going into my complaining mode, I simply said, "Great." I left it at that. If you take notice, you will see that "great" was not followed by an explanation mark as one might normally put with a word such as "great." Not yet. Not today. But it is a start.
Tomorrow I hope to squeeze a little juice, add some sugar and see what happens next.
I may just find that pointless old lemon has turned into a "GREAT!" glass of delicious lemonade.