When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade
What is the “when life gives you lemons” meaning?
What does “when life gives you lemons” mean? The meaning of this expression is that when something bad happens (sour lemons), you should not just sit around and feel sorry for yourself. Instead, try to find the bright side of the situation and turn it into something positive (sweet lemonade). This phrase is often used to encourage people who may be experiencing difficulty at the moment. It suggests that they should use their ingenuity to turn their situation around and find a way to create something good for themselves.
The making lemonade out of lemons saying means that even when things don’t go the way we want them to, we can actually find a way to turn it into something positive by taking the obstacles and turning them into opportunities. There is a workbook below that will help guide you step-by-step on how to do this.
Sign, Poster or Wallpaper
You can use this “when life gives you lemons” sign to print and create a poster or to make a digital wallpaper for your phone or tablet.
When Life Gives You Lemons Quotes
Lemon quotes help you see the positive in situations that seem gloomy.
When life gives you lemons plant the seeds
When life gives you lemons make apple juice
When life gives you lemons squeeze
When life gives you lemons don’t make lemonade
When life gives you lemons give the lemons back
When life gives you lemons you probably just found lemons
When life gives you lemons make something sweet
When Life Gives you Lemons Funny Quotes
These funny lemon quotes are more unique:
When life gives you lemons make vodka lemonade
When life gives you lemons find a new God
When life gives you lemons make sacrifices
When life gives you lemons squeeze them in peoples eyes
When life gives you lemons say f it and bail
When life gives you lemons take a shot of tequila
When life gives you lemons get mad
When life gives you lemons boil crawfish
When life gives you lemons call them yellow oranges
When life gives you lemons make a martini
Why Make Lemonade?
According to The Greatest Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, you can live a life free of all negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. There is no reason to suffer from negative thoughts. You can actually live a life of constant happiness.
All of your experiences are stored in your conscious mind and turned into beliefs (which could be true or untrue). These beliefs are then converted into thoughts. Often, these thoughts are limiting thoughts such as I won’t find real love, I don’t have enough of whatever it is I want, etc.
These negative thoughts and feelings take over our lives. It is not the negative situations that cause this but rather your negative thoughts about specific situations. Your negative thoughts will cause even more negative feelings and the cycle carries on.
To make matters worse, your negative thoughts will manifest negative situations in your life. The more negative thoughts you have, the more you’ll attract negativity in general.
Beliefs are thoughts that you have had so often that you now consider them facts. For example, the only way you can make more money is to work more hours. This isn’t factually correct since there are many other ways to make money. However, you have heard this so many times that you consider this belief to be a fact even though it isn’t. In order to make lemonade out of lemons, it is important to get rid of these false and limiting beliefs. To dissolve these beliefs, you have to become consciously aware of them. Once you are aware and tell yourself that each of your beliefs is just a story you have told yourself then they will lose their power. These beliefs then dissolve together with the limiting thoughts that your mind has attached to them.
The Greatest Secret encourages us to question our negative feelings. Negative feelings stem from resistance to a situation or event.
According to Joseph Murphy, in The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, in order to be happy, you need to choose happiness. Negative thoughts are highly detrimental and can prevent you from attaining peace of mind. If you want to choose success and happiness, you have to visualize success and banish negative thoughts. This is easier said than done. The following workbook will help you do this step-by-step.
How do you make lemonade out of lemons?
Often our perception of a situation isn’t as clear as it could be and it includes our judgments and stories about the situation. When life hands you lemons, you can analyze the situation and find ways to turn the obstacles into opportunities.
OK, so when life gives you lemons how do you make lemonade?
Print the following workbook and let’s go through each step together.
Before you start, close your eyes and pay attention to your breath. Breath slowly and deeply into your belly. Take three to five deep breaths. Make each one deeper than the previous one. Deep breathing is a simple technique that can help you calm down and think more clearly.
Describe the negative situation.
List each of the problems with the situation in the first column.
Think about the negative situation (lemons). Ask yourself how true is my perception of the situation? Am I holding old judgments or stories about the situation that are clouding my view? Fill out the 2nd column.
If you realize that the judgments are no longer true, acknowledge that they have served you in the past but they are no longer relevant. Release them and let them go. You don’t need them anymore. Now, without those judgments and stories reevaluate the situation.
Our judgments, stories, and resistance to a situation cause it to look more severe than it really is.
Accept the situation. Acknowledge that the situation is happening. You don’t have to be happy about it but understand that it is happening. Our resistance to a situation is what causes us stress, not the situation itself. We can then see the situation more clearly and now are more open to see potential solutions that we didn’t see before.
Think of a solution for each problem. Fill out the 3rd column.
Think back to before the situation changed and things “seemed” better. What were the problems with the previous situation that was supposedly better?
Rephrase the situation as an opportunity to solve previous problems and improve your situation.