In my recent BT radio interview for my inspirational memoir, Sunday’s Child, the interviewer, Etienne Gibbs christened me his favourite lemonade maker. Lemonade makers are those who take the bitter things in life and convert them into something positive or beneficial. You know, sometimes life and nature surprise us with thriving flowers in dusty, rocky, dry ground. We can use these lessons to build confidence within our own lives. I want to illustrate the make lemonade with life’s lemons lesson with a story that happen some time ago, involving my 3 children.
Make lemonade with life’s lemons
My daughters found a way to gain free entry to their brother’s room – with his consent!
Gabs is forever locking his door in their faces. Moreover, if he’s in his room, he requires them to write a note requesting entry and slip it under the door. Still, he doesn’t always allow them to come in because he thinks they’ll ‘girl up’ his bedroom. He throws a big strop if the girls decide they’re going to barge in anyway.
This has been going on for a long time, until the sugar and spicers came up with a cunning plan. This is how it all unfolded:
The girls lock themselves in the bedroom they share and fold a piece of paper to make it look like a card. The older one sends in the younger one (she’s the one with the angelic, innocent face) to Gabs, to ask for his autograph. Feeling that his sisters have finally come around to realising his true importance at last, Gabs puffs out his chest and signs it with unreserved glee.
A few minutes later, little angelic-looking comes back and bats her eyelashes at her brother again.
‘What do you want this time?’ Gabs asks. ‘Go away.’
‘Please sign an autograph for me,’ she asks.
‘Wot? Another one?’
‘Yeah, Dani wants one now.’
Paper change hands and my little boy signs his second ever autograph.
Meanwhile, Dani (the older girl) is locked in the bedroom making badges. Cut in a circular shape, the two pieces of paper have already been coloured in a fine-point, gold marker, complete with a string attached for hanging it around their necks.
After the preparations are made, the saintly girls then carefully cut out the two autographs their brother signed in good faith, (on a different piece of paper) and glue them in the spaces for the signature. This is what the finished product looked like.
APPROVED BY GABO…
ALL ACCESS GRANTED
Don’t ask me how they knew what to write. My freelance reporter’s pass is still secured in my purse. Even if they had gotten hold of it, it’s just a cheap card, and certainly does not guarantee me unlimited access – to anywhere.
Bottom line, the deed is done. The girls have both got signed passes to their brother’s room on their spanking new gold badges.
Is life handing you obstacles – rooms to which you have no access? Have you got bigger, stronger people standing in your way barring your right of passage? Maybe you just need to take those bitter lemons and make yourself some lemonade. Use all the skills and common sense you have to build your confidence and advance in life.
The path you’ve tried and tested before is obviously the wrong way. Use another path – another alternative. You’re getting nowhere because you’ve obviously been walking in the wrong direction. Change your path to change your life and before long, like my crafty daughters, you’ll also have your signed, All Access Granted pass badge! If you need some help to build your confidence check out my linked page.
Did you enjoy Make Lemonade With Life’s Lemons? Please share it with others so that they can benefit also. Thank you.