There’s no denying it. There’s no hiding it. At some point in everybody’s life, it just sucks to be where we are. We are all handed a tough situation every once in awhile, and for some that happens to be more often than for others. It really, truly, super sucks to have to deal with it. It’s annoying, frustrating, irritating, aggravating….the list could go on and on. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to make the best of what we’re handed.
In the moment, when you’re faced with a difficult situation, it may seem ridiculously unfair or impossible to overcome. But nothing can be accomplished if you spend all of your time feeling bad about it. There’s really no point to focusing on feeling upset about the situation, as that won’t get you out of it.
You can be bitter and sour about it if you’d like, but it won’t make the experience any better for you or anyone around you. It’s best to take a breath, grit your teeth, and smile. Do your best to find something positive. Find that silver lining. Sweeten the deal for yourself in some small way. Think “because of _____ I’m going to be able to do _____” or “now that I’ve had experience with _____ I’ll be better able to handle a situation like ____ in the future”.
So the next time you find yourself with a pitcher of lemon juice, find a way to dilute the sour and sweeten the situation for yourself. You’ll be much happier (and as a result so will others around you) sipping on lemonade.