Most are familiar with the adage, “When life gives you lemons—make lemonade!”
This is great and timeless advice! Because here, we learn to accept what is and respond.
To accept our present and mindfully respond is a recipe for meaningful interaction and a sure pathway to new possibilities.
With this stance, we release our tendency to judge our circumstance; it frees us from reacting from our past pain or future worry.
When life gives you “lemons,” a.k.a. things that you don’t like, refrain from reacting with judgement and frustration, instead, choose to make something positive, palatable, and perhaps even more important—create something that gives joy to you and others.
Alchemize those lemons!
Turn that irritation into inspiration. Flip that disappointment into an opportunity. Work with it like God blessed you with those bag of lemons!
(Because God, as you, did.)
A mindful response to any circumstance begets a better outcome.
When we choose to respond from a grounded place, we have an interaction that creates heart expansion: a scenario in which we feel good, have no regrets, and move in a direction we desire. When we judge and react from our pain, fears, and trauma, this creates heart contraction: a situation where we feel bad, have regrets, and stay in similar circumstances.
In the path of Unification, both instances are teaching tools: your fear-based reaction or mindful response equally teaches you about life.
The real issue at hand is–how do you want to experience life?
Do you want more of the same?
Do you want to keep getting lemons, and basically, continue to stockpile and complain about your “bad” situation? Or, will you make lemonade and see where the possibilities take you? Because in this scenario, you won’t be repeating the same old thing. Once you make “lemonade” from something you didn’t like, it is no longer a lemon, i.e. a useless, broken thing—it has become something that can quench a thirst and satisfy a need.
We are at a time where many of us are juggling a whole bag of lemons.
How we respond will dictate the possibilities we have or don’t have.
How will you choose to respond to your present?
How will you choose to respond to the lemons humanity is faced with?
Written for those with ears to hear and know how to make lemonade!
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