Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Magic of Making Lemonade
I imagine you have heard the common saying "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." But have you stopped to think about the process of making lemonade? Would your own lemonade have more than lemons? How would you juice them? How would you make sure that you had clean, cool water? Then what about that special ingredient, sugar? Would you add a sprig of mint? Just how much of your own unique take on things would you put into refining, reprocessing and presenting again, the blasts of trouble that life gives you? Can you turn an embarrassing moment into a screen play? Can you see a solution for a problem and come up with a new invention? If you start to believe in yourself as a magical lemonade maker you can eventually get quite skilled at making your own lemonade. Learn to look at the absurd side of things. Practice free associating and letting ideas come through to you. Maybe it would even be good to notice when the lemonade is too tart or too sour, Maybe a good cry or a bit of swearing will help you get to your special blend of lemonade. Another thing that is part of the lemonade process is someone to enjoy it. Jokes, inventions, stories are all part of a healing social process. Life does give you lemons. Give that bit of sourness back as a smile, a game, a change of habits, a new way of doing things. May the spark be with you.