Lemonade anyone?

So life has squirted you in the eye with lemon juice. What now?

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade".   Oh we've all heard this one.  What a fantastic analogy right!   And everyone gets all warm and fuzzy feeling inside and thinks "aww what an optimistic way to look at things".

Enter Kimberly stage left.  Okay, let me preface this with I'm a pretty optimistic person.  I try to find the good in situations and see the big picture/outcome and a positive way to get there.  With that said, I absolutely HATE this saying.  Actually I call total bullsh** on it.  (gasp...a naughty word...cool your jets...Jesus still loves me).  First of all, life doesn't seem to have a habit of "giving" me anything.   I bust my toosh for it.  If you, however, get life handed to you, then kudos to you.  Share some secrets with a sister would ya!   Secondly, life never GIVES me lemons.  More like it pummels and pounds me with them.  I have the bruises to prove it.  Maybe squeezes some juice in my eye occasionally.

Let's face it. Unless you walk around with some water and sugar, your lemonade is going to suck!

I don't know about you guys but I don't carry a blender in my purse ready for action in case some random lemons get hurled at me today. My point is life is sour sometimes.  And most of us attempt to take that sourness and turn it into something sweet.  The problem is those lemons aren't always ideal.  They are just too sour or perhaps rotten and there isn't a dang thing you can do about it.  They just aren't going to make good lemonade.  Throw them in the trash and keep moving.   You CANNOT fix everything including making awesome sweet lemonade with bad lemons.  Sometimes we just have to work harder at mixing our lemonade. I'm not saying you can't turn bad situations into something good.  I do it all the time.  But it doesn't happen quickly.   I have to work at it.  Take my bucket of lemons to the kitchen.  Drag out some ingredients.   

However, I feel my purpose here is greater than a glass of lemonade.  I'm working for something a lot more sweet, maybe some lemon bars.  A lot more ingredients needed.  A lot more patience.  Takes more times.  But oh what a sweet treat it will be in the end.  I like to go big or go home! Life isn't fair.  Life is sour at times.  Life requires patience.  Life requires do-overs.    It's not perfect.  And probably never will be.   Sometimes we just keep having to add some sugar trying to get life to where it's not so bitter.  We don't walk around prepared to just make lemonade when life goes wrong.   And it can and will go wrong eventually.  We are not always going to be ready for it.  But ultimately, you can still make an amazing life out of the lemons you get pounded with.   I'm not a fan of lemons or lemonade for that matter.  But I'm a walking, talking living proof of the best da** lemon bars you'll ever see!   I love life.  I love my life. It has taken me some time and extra ingredients to get where I am from the bad lemons life tossed my way.  So what are you going to do with your lemons?    You going to make some lemonade?  Or are you going to go for something sweeter and requires a little more work like lemon bars?

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