Have you heard the saying ‘when life hands you lemons, make lemonade?’ Ever wondered how best to do that? Do you wonder what they really mean by that?
It is all about making the best from an otherwise bad situation. So taking your event and working out how to best use it to serve you. You go for an interview, but you don’t get the job – lemon. You use the feedback to improve your interview performance – lemonade. You miss out on a promotion – lemon. You are able to add an extra function to your current job and discover a skill and passion you didn’t even dream you possessed – lemonade.
There is an old Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse ran off into the hills and when the farmer's neighbours sympathised with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?" A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"
Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?"
Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck? Who knows?
Really, just like the Chinese farmer, we don’t know what is around the corner or over the next hill. All we can do is keep looking for the good in the here and now and finding the lemonade from our own personal lemons.
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