Saturday, November 9, 2013
The Magic of Lemons
"Lemon Tree very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat" so the song goes. I am sorry but I don't know who recorded it or wrote it. I hope I am not breaking any laws by not citing more. I love all things lemon and sometimes I delight in being handed a lemon by life because it gives me a chance to make lemonade. Many creative projects or businesses have come out of a situation in which a person had a problem and then solved it by seeing it as an opportunity. Right now that is what is going on in my life. I am trying to develop workshops and sell information products based on how we use our inner dialogue and do, or do not, access the skill of critical thinking. I had some trouble with a service provider and found myself delighting in analyzing all the things they were doing wrong. Their client service was faulty and yet I wasn't angry, I just wanted to help them improve. They no longer serve me but I have learned a lot about what quality in a service business is all about. I also under stand what a worker might go through as well. The dignity and pride of provider and client are both important. So I say to all wise magicians: take your magic wand to your problems and see if you can get a bit of lemonade out of them. I find I can usually get a dinner table joke or conversation out of my suffering. That is something, I hope. But magical solutions are also possible. Look for your chance to see opportunity is all things. May the spark be with you.