When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

– Elbert Hubbard

If you were to choose a dish you love eating, what would you choose?

Ok! Choose one!

Yes, I’m serious! Do choose one!

Have you decided?

Now, imagine you can have it every day, i.e., in breakfast, lunch and dinner!

You are eating only this and nothing else for the rest of your life. That means for months and years.

Will that be amazing or boring?

If your answer is: Amazing, do give yourself a treat and try it as an experiment for 7 days and then return to read this article.

While you may like that dish a lot, if you get only that to eat every time and every day, believe me, it will suck. You will start hating that food very soon!

It’s not just about the food, it’s about any other thing too. Be it just sleeping all day and night or doing the same thing again and again.

boring food

Many of us know that, right?

It’s so simple. Then, why do we find it complicated to relate it to the other things in life?

It’s not about what you get. It’s about how you take it.

Yes, I do agree that life is complicated, and things and situations differ in everyone’s life, but isn’t that what adds juice in our life?

If everything were the same, we would be bored.

Ups and downs, sweet and sour experiences, even good and bad thoughts- they all are equally important. That is what makes our life’s movie enthralling.

A great wisdom which comes from Bhagwad Gita is:

Do what you must be doing and never have a desire for the results for actions are in your hand and results are not.

What is when Life gives you lemons, make lemonade?

Lemons are the sour situations and thoughts which emerge and making lemonade means to turn them into positives by taking positive actions.

It means no matter what the situation, always keep yourself calm, think positive and take positive action. You know things might not be in our control, but we can still control our thoughts.

when life gives you lemon

If you can manipulate your thoughts by giving it a positive direction every time, you will stay delightful and overcome any situation quickly.

How to do that?

If four good things and one bad thing happen in a day, it’s easy to focus on one bad part. Dwelling on the bad will keep you stuck with negative thoughts.

So never predict doom and gloom for tomorrow.

You never know what surprises tomorrow is holding for you.

When you encounter any such negative thoughts, ask yourself:

“Can I do something about it?”

If yes, then what? If no, then what can I learn from it?

If your answer is yes, then:

“How can I make it happen?”

keep calm

If you encounter one negative thought, replace it with 2-3 positive ones.

For example:

Negative: I have scored too less in the test. I won’t be selected.

Positive: Well I think I should practice more. I can do it better than this for sure.

You can also chant some positive words inside your head. These can be like:

  • I’m very confident and positive.
  • I can do anything if I try.
  • Today is a beautiful day.
  • I can do it!

Once we start focusing on what can be done & how, we start finding solutions instead of reasons. And that solution is the lemonade.

That is where the positivity comes from.

Chanting positive words has terrific results. Give it a try and make your own positive statement. Speak that throughout a day in your mind. You will be amazed to see the results.

And never ever forget:

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Originally published at mantavya.com