I know we are all told these things. Make the best of things that life hands you, give your all.
I know sometimes though, it feels like life has handed you a bit more than your share of lemons. You wonder how much lemonade you can make before you drown or run out of sugar. Everyone else is just saying with a cheery smile “Make Lemonade!!!” and you think if one more person says it, you may be facing strangling charges.
So, what really can you do? Can you sit down and honestly evaluate your situation? I found when I take a step back from the situation and really look at what am I doing? What can I do to change this? What is not changing? How can I handle it better?
Sometimes our emotions get us wrapped in the situation and we shut down. We stop functioning and others can see it, while we cannot.
I think sometimes “Help” is one of the hardest words to say in the English language. It breaks down our pride, we have to humble ourselves and expose our weak areas. This is never easy. But sometimes asking for help, is the absolute best thing we could do.
When you find that your “lemons” are effecting your daily life, in and out. You are finding it hard to cope with daily activities, you are snapping at people for no apparent reason, and you checked the calendar and it is not that time of the month. = ) It is time to ask for help. It does not have to be therapy, it can be a good friend that you let know that things really are hurting right now and you need prayer. It can be an online forum even. If you find it continues and you cannot pull yourself out, it might be time to look at physical reasons, look into a therapist, or outside help. There is no shame in getting help.
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, but don’t forget that lemonade is still a liquid and too much of anything can drown a person. It is no shame in wearing a life-vest!