I have always hated the saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I know this may be surprising coming from the girl who writes a blog called “Looking for the Sweet Spot.” But the truth is, when life hands me lemons, my initial instinct and burning desire is to chuck them right back…hard…in a “you can put an eye out like that” kind of way.
Logic aside (or even in the near vicinity), I want life to be like ordering in a restaurant:
Life Waitress: “Excuse me, Miss,” (‘cause in my perfect world, no one ever dares address me as ‘Maam’), “Would you like a lemon with life today?”
Me: “No, I think I will pass on the lemon for today! But, thank you for asking.”
I mean really, wouldn’t it at least be polite of Life to first ask if I am ready, willing, and able to embrace the whole idea of a lemon?
But no, Life always seems to prefer the shock and awe approach – handing out the biggest, juiciest lemon when least expected or wanted. And as an added bonus, Life’s timing seems to generally suck.
So now, here sits the big huge lemon Life has handed me right in the middle of everything, impossible to ignore and demanding acceptance…just like my cat.
And I am left to figure out how to squeeze some lemonade out of it, beat it to a pulp (the lemon, not the cat), or better yet, find a way to laugh about it.
But until that time, I am asking, in the most respectful way possible regarding all future lemon gifts…
“In the future, Life, when handing me a lemon, could you at least, please, pass the sugar, too?”
Or, at least, give me a good punch line.
Thank you. Your cooperation is much appreciated.