Memoir

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

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Lemons are sour. It’s unpleasant just like the difficulties and adversities we face in life. So, what do you do when life gives you lemons? Make lemonade.

The proverbial phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is used to encourage us to keep a positive attitude in the face of adversity. The lemons are sour, but you can use them to make sweet lemonade. This phrase reminds us that in spite of the problems we face in life, we can keep our chins up and march through them if we maintain a positive attitude. If life gives you a bad situation, just turn it around and make something good out of it.

All of us can learn a thing or two about staying positive in the face of adversity. I know I did. I have learned long ago that no matter the circumstances life puts me in, I need to make the best of the situation.

With the right mind set, a perceived bad situation can be made the complete opposite. If you let your negative thoughts drag you down, you will never come to realize that there are unexpected opportunities hidden within the trials that you face. So, make the best of what has been given to you. The challenges we face in life can be solved and overcome. Nothing is impossible in this world if we put our minds to it. We can endure all the challenges we face in life and see them merely as obstacles and stepping stones that will help us live a more beautiful and fuller life.

Life is actually our greatest teacher. And with a can-do attitude as well as some inner strength and willpower, we can learn a lot from the misfortunes that may come our way. So don’t be afraid of adversity. It is life’s way of teaching us so we can get stronger and tougher for more challenges ahead.

Anneros Valensi was born in Falkenau, Silesia, East Germany in 1938. She was just six years old when the war and its fallout struck her and her family. Valensi became a registered nurse and in 1961 she moved to London, England working for Standard Telephone & Cables as stewardess on the company plane. While living there, she was hired by Trans World Airlines to train as flight attendant and in 1966 she immigrated to America. She has two children and three grandchildren and currently lives in New York.

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