When Life Gives you Lemons.....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
When Life Gives you Lemons…
OK – Crap happens!! You lose a job – You gain weight – You get hurt – You lose a loved one – Crap Happens! But what matters most is what you DO with what happens in your life. Do you wallow in self-pity? Do you try to blame “it” on someone else – fairly or not? Or do you find a way to make lemonade?
I’ve had plenty of speedbumps in my life. I’ve lost too many family members way too young! I’ve had to leave a job that I loved. I was in a major auto accident that cost me most of two years of my life. And I’ve recently been diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. In every case, because I am gratefully my Mother’s daughter, I have tried very hard to find a way to make something positive out of the crap. Make lemonade when life gives you lemons.
When my Dad died suddenly at the age of 60 the whole family was stunned. My younger brother got mad at God and carried that anger with him for years. I chose to give myself a gift of time to grieve – I made a quilt and dedicated that project and the hours and days that it took to complete as my dedicated time to process the loss of my father and produce something beautiful in the process.
When I was severely injured in an automobile accident it could have been very easy to just curl up in a ball and feel sorry for myself. But I wanted my life back! I wanted to be myself again and if possible be a better ME at the end of the process. And I am – I learned from the experience of going through a rehabilitation program. I worked very, very hard at getting better both physically and mentally. My relationships suffered as well when I got hurt, but with hard work we made lemonade together! And I learned things that I've been able to use to help other people in similar situations.
Now the challenge is Type-2 diabetes. I don’t want it! I don’t like it! But crap happens! Now the only option is take myself in hand and do what I know has to be done to get the weight off and the blood sugar down. OK – so we’ll make sugar-free Lemonade!! But rest assured, this is just another speedbump that will make me a better person in the full scheme of things. And if I know anything, I know that the speedbumps in life have made me who I am today and that’s a pretty good thing.