The other day, I was squeezing some lemons for a dish I was preparing and a thought jumped into my head.
Sometimes lemons refer to a bad automobile or something going wrong. It’s really a bad rap on this flavorful fruit that can be used for so many things, even cleaning surfaces.
You can use its frozen rind for zest when called for in a recipe, it will cut through grease and lemon essential oil is perfect for diffusing your home. If you have a sink disposal system, the ground up skin and pulp acts as a sweetener.
Lemons get a bad name because of its sour taste and acidic content. But if we make a pitcher of lemonade with them we enjoy it immensely.
So let’s consider making lemonade out of this coronavirus. Our lives have changed and we must be careful. Nothing is the same, new rules apply and the way we used to live is restricted or gone.
Once we accept that there can no longer be gatherings and we must wear masks and keep 6 feet apart and wash our hands frequently, we begin to adapt.
Phone calls and emails take on a new importance; we are even learning how to write a letter or card again. We are finding comfort in the safety of our homes and, even sometimes, boredom. But we are taking the opportunity to get our life in order. We are contacting old friends and catching up. Many attics have been cleaned out and closets are stripped bare, (an excuse for a good shopping spree, when it's safe to go to the mall again.) We find out that we are all adapting and some even are bitching and complaining. When they finish with that tirade, they begin to tell us about how they are adapting and most often, our conversation ends on a high note.
Remember, these feelings of confusion, anger and distortion are shared by all of us.
What is the solution? How do we get past the frustration and helplessness we feel?
We have to take the proverbial lemon we have been served and make lemonade of it.
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