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When Life Gives You Lemons…

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You all know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?”

Sometimes, that lemonade can be sour, even bitter to the taste. But eventually, you will learn to tolerate that taste…and you might even begin to crave it.

Why?

Because it means you’re still trying. It means you haven’t given up. It means you know, deep down in your soul, you are doing everything in your power you can to make the world a better place.

You might be wondering what brought this on.

I’ve been dealing with a family health crisis this past week, and I’ve been running back and forth to the hospital. While I’d rather be doing just about anything else, I’m very glad to do this.

Why?

It means my family member is still alive, still fighting, getting better and doing whatever is possible to improve her health.

That’s a good thing.

See, the connections I have with my family and friends are essential. I want them to be happy, healthy, and to enjoy life to the fullest.

But no one can do that while sitting in a hospital bed.

Even though this week didn’t go at all according to plan, I’m glad that I was able to do something to try to help those who are important to me.

One final thought:

Sometimes, it feels like we’re not doing very much during a crisis. This is very human, but somehow we need to throw those feelings to the side.

Why?

Because self-forgiveness — which I’ve discussed before — is essential at times like this. We are not saints, and we can’t expect ourselves to act as if we are. All we can do is be ourselves, try our best, and do whatever we can to make life a little better place.

Including visiting those who are ill (if they’re up to visits), talking with them, and letting them know we care.

That’s what’s important.

Don’t lose sight of it. (Please?)

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Written by Barb Caffrey

April 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm

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  1. Live happily and spread happiness around. The world needs positivity! 🙂

    Sadaf Siddiqi

    April 30, 2017 at 8:29 am

  2. Great post, Barb, and it’s certainly true! And I hope your family member(s) will get better soon. ❤

    Nicolle

    April 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

    • Thanks, Nicolle. 🙂

      She’s getting better. Her biggest complaint is that being in the hospital, she can’t see her dogs. (I’m taking care of them. I love those dogs, too.)

      Barb Caffrey

      April 30, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      • Glad to know she’s getting better. ❤️

        Nicolle

        April 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm


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