The old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” is a perfect example of this paradigm.
What if I don't like lemons?
What if I'm not in the mood for lemonade?
Too bad, the logic goes, those were the cards you were dealt. You'll just have to make do with what you have.
Nope. Nuh-uh. Not any more. Not for me.
When life hands me lemons, I'm making orange juice.
In other words, I better learn alchemy, because I have some lemons that need to be turned in to oranges.
Isn't it about time that we were a little more inventive and creative with our problem-solving? Let's stop being reactive, and start being proactive.
Most successful people, when they're honest, are “making it up” as they go along. So, why do you have to play by the rules? Why do you have to conform to someone else's standards?
Why do you have to make lemonade?
(Now, friends, I'm all for being realistic and persevering through difficult circumstances; all I'm asking you to do is not settle.)
Learn alchemy instead.
Photo credit: Richard X. Thripp