When life gives you lemons, make lemonade… or you can suck ‘em and make a winky face!
I’d heard this saying over the years and not really known what to do with it. Upon a wee investigation, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” strikes me as quite an interesting one… This proverbial phrase was initially coined by Christian anarchist writer Elbert Hubbard in 1915. Despite the original writing was for an obituary, it’s used to encourage optimism or at least a positive attitude in the face of misfortune. Which is better than a punch in the face! The saying has also been (incorrectly) attributed to Dale Carnegie who used it in his renown 1948 book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, where it reads ‘If You Have a Lemon, Make a Lemonade’.
Did you also know that Beyoncé’s album ‘Lemonade’ stems from a quote too?
Jay-Z’s grandmother, Hattie White featured on the album and says on it, “I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” So, the running theme is – if life or a situation is the lemon – you have a choice: You can choose to make lemonade… transform the situation/lemon.
If you don’t know how to make lemonade, well then, you could look for a recipe to help you make the best lemonade you can. You could even put a vodka in it. (As opposed to a ring on it… No?). Or make that winky face as you suck it up in silence. If you don’t know how to make lemonade, If you want help, I might have the perfect recipe for you!
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