proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune due to lemons usually being bitter, and lemonade being a sweet drink.
I certainly don't consider myself an expert at using (life's) lemons to make lemonade, though I would say my mother is a great example of this. I think she is a natural born fighter, a strong woman who firmly believes, "where there's a will, there's a way!."
Now that I write that, I think I do have this too at times. In particular when I have a goal, usually clear in my mind, I am resolute in accomplishing it. Nothing can stop me!
It's of course much easier in hindsight to see the sweetness that has come out of bitterness in life more often than not. Forgiveness is key. And sometimes that takes time.
juggling! Woohoo! (I do that sometimes!) However, I have the belief that things will always work out in the end.
In the meantime, I may stumble and fall, complain at times, until I have had enough. Enough of hurting (emotionally/mentally/spiritually/physically), enough of feeling sorry for myself, enough of whatever situation.
"Enough is enough!" or "I've had enough!" are two such thoughts that cross my mind from time to time that propel me to kick my own butt so-to-speak, get moving, and use the lemons handed to me wisely.
As I'm writing this, I am coming to a realization. The way through having bitter lemons is to ask a question or questions. For instance, "How can I do this?" or "What do I need to do in order to ...?" (fill in the blank)
So there, now you have a tip, a tool to help you make wonderful lemonade or what you will. So go on and enjoy those lemons!
By the way, I highly recommend this hybrid lemon (see photo above) which is a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange - they are plump, ripe, and juicy - or sweet lemons: ooh, so delectable and they both smell so good too! ;)
Do you make lemonade out of the lemons in your life or what do you do with them?