“When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” ~Dale Carnegie

Does the art of happiness have a simple recipe? Do we quench the thirst of our soul by adding something sweet to something sour? The sour things in our lives may help us define our character, but sometimes it may take a lot of sugar to balance the bitter after taste of our experiences.

For most of my life it felt like I was handed one sour lemon after the other. I know first hand that it is not so easy to effortlessly reach for the sugar of life and mix it into our sour experiences. The main ingredient I was missing was emotional sugar. When I shared my experiences with trusted women who understood why I was sour, they lovingly shared positive life changing recipes that were easy to follow and had the right balance of sweetness.

The art of learning how to make “lemonade” is translated into a recipe for connecting with my true soul-self by clearly defining what happiness means to me. I began this process by tossing out all outdated thinking and overripe pressures of perfection. As I stirred the emotional sludge from my sour experiences, I was able to extract what was beneficial and flavorful, and discard the emotional rinds that were not in the recipe. Even when the lemon juice stung my spiritual cuts, I kept squeezing and mixing.

During the creative process of mixing all the ingredients, I discovered that making lemonade out of sour lemons does more than quench my thirst; it waters my innocence and touches the soft part of my soul that craves adventure and childlike happiness. The lessons I have learned while making my own version of spritual lemonade are timeless, especially when I write them down and share the recipe for sweet success with others who are craving somthing to balnace the bittness of life.

Originally published at www.rebeccaledwards.com.

Originally published at medium.com


  • Rebecca L. Edwards

    A sober author and passionate advocate dedicated to helping teens move beyond the stigma and shame of childhood sexual abuse so that they may find their purpose in healing and recovery.

    Learning how to THRIVE and move beyond life's most difficult challenges with childhood sexual trauma and addiction is incredibly powerful. My new book The NETT, New Evolution in Thinking for Teens, is rooted in transformational awareness that only comes through mastering and now sharing my lived experiences to help those who may still be suffering in silence. "Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work that is worth doing." ~Theodore Roosevelt