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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Why a Lemonade Attitude is a Must Have

First, I suppose we should talk about a Lemonade attitude and exactly what that is...I have to make you read back to the beginning and I assume only a small portion of you can read my mind. So, here's the scoop. I was raised by old fashioned parents who had a great work ethic, and who among other things wanted me to have a positive attitude. When I would complain, they would remind me that God gives me lemons so I can turn them into lemonade. 

I referred to myself as a lemon because when I started this blog I felt like I had failed...like I needed to find some sugar and sunshine and try to make myself into lemonade. Now I understand there was something even larger at work inside of me - the lemon isn't a symbol for failure, it really is a catalyst for change (cat·a·lyst/╦łkatl-ist/ Noun: A person or thing that precipitates an event.).  See now, why I say: bring on lemons? 

Today’s title is: Why a Lemonade Attitude is a Must Have, and I define a lemonade attitude as the attitude of realizing that change(a lemon) is necessary and positive if you want to achieve your desired outcome, but part of having a lemonade attitude is also acknowledging that a lemon doesn’t turn into lemonade if you do nothing. Work events are necessary for lemonade – you need sugar, water, ice-cubes, time, and if you want to fully enjoy lemonade…add some sunshine!

Keeping with today’s analogy:

Sugar = the people and events in our lives that move us forward

Water = perseverance, our own resistance to giving in and giving up

Ice Cubes = those little happenings that stop us in our track and make us re-evaluate and adjust our course ever so slightly if necessary to achieve our desired outcome

Sunshine = the rewards of our labors; the moments of laughter and joy along the path

So, to recap…you need a person or event that changes you, people to support you, a positive attitude and goals, check points along the way, and rewards. Seemingly simple, right? Not always simple, but ALWAYS worth the effort. A Lemonade attitude helps you see yourself as the valuable person you are, helps you value those around you, and reminds you that every step along the way carries with it a lesson and that sometimes the destination isn’t as important as the journey. 

A Lemonade attitude also reminds you to relax with that big glass of lemony happiness, and we can all use more time to Relax. (speaking of which, if you know someone who would benefit from a free consultation with me, send them to the Relax Consulting website – I promise it will be time well spent for all involved: http://www.relaxconsulting.com/ )

May your paths be filled with lemons, sugar, and sunshine!

~Crystal

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