This is the sober post I was talking about in the previous post here.
(inspired by Real Life Events)
Everyone learns this proverb in middle-school English.
When Life gives you Lemons, make Lemonade!
I know of it for years now like everyone else. But something changed my perspective on this one recently. I’m not saying I disagree with it; I just take it to mean more profound things.
What is Lemonade?
From what I gather, Lemonade points to something sweet and delicious. When life is sour to you, find the sweetness in it and put the Universe to rights as you’d prefer.
What are Lemons?
Sticky spots. Split-second decisions. Anything that pricks you in the process of happening.
But, think of situations which seem dire all around. I do not need to quote examples here. Because everyone knows. That feeling of profound helplessness. That day which you never want to re-live again. That empty hollow in your heart. That throat-drying fear. That croaky voice with which you whisper rapid prayers. Those moments from which you were salvaged. The Saviour was not you. You did not find Lemonade. You merely wasted away till He came.
What if you are handed those Lemons again? Where do you find the Lemonade then?
I say this.
When Life gives you Lemons, make Pickles.
Pickles are sour and sharp. Pick up one of them every once in a while. Make things right.
You do not wish to face the same Lemons again, do you? Suck on one of the Pickled Lemons for ages. Learn the things which brought you the Lemon. Re-live the incident in your mind. And learn. Memorise the things which were your fault in the whole incident. Stew the taste in your mouth.
NEVER let it find its way to you again.
Build your sunning stand for the Pickles.
And you’ll fly far away when Lemons find you again.