When Life Hands You Lemons.

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  But how do you do that?

You see, for most of my life, I just ate the lemons.  I didn't know how to make lemonade.  So here is my recipe.

#1 - Admit you have a lemon.
- Denial never makes a lemon sweet.  If life has knocked you down a notch or two - admit it.  Some people might find this disturbing, but be transparent.  In the long run, you will surround yourself with people who will help you.

#2 - Don't ignore the lemon.
- Ever let a lemon rot?  It is disgusting and it stinks!  Ignoring the obvious only delays and complicates your lemonade later.

#3 - Do not give the lemon to someone else.
- Blaming someone else for your own problems doesn't solve anything.  If you try, do not be surprised if they return your lemons at a high rate of speed.

#4 - Find someone who has sipped their lemonade.
- If you don't know what to do, find someone who does.  There are people who have been where you are.  Ask for their help.

#5 - Don't gulp.
- "I need to hurry up and get this over with." No, you don't!  Being impatient with this process will force you to do it again.  Sipping a glass is acceptable.  But do you really want to drink a whole gallon?

#6 - No cheating.
Lemonade is made of water, lemon juice, and sugar.  Using anything to "hide" this reality only leads you to live in denial.  See #1.

#6 - Share your recipe.
- True, the ingredients are the same.  But how you did it will be unique.

Short story.  One day my friend and I went to a local restaurant.  I ordered water with lime, he ordered a lemonade.  It was exceptionally busy that day and our waitress brought two glasses of water with lemon.  I was about to correct the order when he waved me off and thanked the waitress for her service.

Then he took my lemon, squeezed it into his water along with his lemon - reached across the table and grabbed some sugar packets and poured them in.

Lemonade.

When the waitress returned I asked for a bowl of lemons.

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