“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”
I’ve heard this old adage my entire life. More recently, I’ve seen it popularized on social media memes, signs, and even notepads. I love the positivity behind the sentiment. It serves as a simple reminder to make the best of what you’ve been given.
We can’t change the challenges that we’ve been given. The circumstances resulting from a worldwide pandemic have definitely been out of our control. However, we can take steps to make something good out of something unexpected.
2020 has been a tough year for many of us, and I don’t think it's a stretch to say we have definitely been given some “lemons.” Those lemons may have come in the form of canceled plans, postponed vacations, job change/loss, or financial challenges.
The process from lemons to lemonade can be as simple as time spent in prayer for wisdom, and a perspective change.
Lemons: having to unexpectedly homeschool
Lemonade: Spend extra time in prayer for your sanity ;) -- then be thankful for the extra time with your children.
Lemons: canceled vacation
Lemonade: Continue saving and plan more things to do on your vacation with the extra money.
Lemons: job loss
Lemonade: Make a financial plan, cut your current spending, and then consider starting your own business.
A Recipe for 2020 Lemonade
- 1 bowl full of unexpected circumstances
- 2 heaping tablespoons of a good attitude
- 3/4 pitcher full of prayer
- Squeeze all of the good out of the unexpected circumstances.
- Add to pitcher 3/4 full of prayer.
- Mix in two servings of a good attitude.
- Stir well, and serve cool!