If life throws you lemons you:
A. Feel sorry for yourself while you’re choking on lemon juice
B. Make lemonade (or even better lemon meringue pie)
C. Call for tequila (although I think it goes better with limes)
D. Take those lemons, make loads of lemonade and build a thriving lemonade business.
The choice is yours. But we all have the ability to take the negatives that life throws at us and turn them into amazing opportunity if we can think positively about the situation that we find ourselves in. And hopefully you don’t need alcohol (choice C) to put you into an artificial, short term positive space.
I don’t think that anybody has a particularly difficult life. Everybody has their challenges and yes, your’s may seem so much worse than somebody else’s. But by the time you’re ready to make lemonade, those people may be the ones who are dealing with new challenges and having to encounter lemon juice for the first time, when you already have mastered the lemonade recipe!
W. Clement Stone was one of the first people to write about Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). He would say, “Every adversity carries within it the seed of equivalent or greater benefit to those who have positive mental attitude”.
Get ready to start building that lemonade stand because all of the obstacles that you are working on overcoming are going to make you wiser than you could imagine.
You never know where life is going to take you but this I can promise you: it is going to be worth it!
And now inspired by my Brazilian sister – here is the recipe for Brazilian Lemonade (which actually uses limes but don’t tell anyone):
- 2 limes (or one big one if you can find it)
- 1/2 cup of sugar (I have seen recipes calling for 1 cup – for the very sweet toothed)
- 3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk
- 3 cups of water
- ice to serve
- Wash limes thoroughly.
- Cut off the ends and slice each lime into eight wedges.
- Place the limes (rinds and all – that is where the flavour comes from) in a blender with the sugar, sweetened condensed milk, water, and ice.
- Pulse in an electric blender
- Strain through a sieve – so that you have only liquid and you don’t eat the rinds
- Serve over ice!