The concept of the proverb  “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” was first coined by Elbert Hubbard in 1915, but was first written in its current, recognizable form by Dale Carnegie in 1948. You can check out a full explanation of this fabulous proverb on wikipedia.


August 2016 was filled will lemons and lemonade for me. This is the reason I’m writing about lemons and lemonade for my September 2016 affirmation of the month.

September 2016 Affirmation of the Month

When life gives me lemons…

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” means a lot to me. I like the good feelings the phrase implies, and it encourages me to be brave and problem solve in a positive way. This proverb also helps me to shift my attitude from feeling squashed to feeling empowered. I take it in a very similar way as my July 2016 affirmation of the month: “All of my actions, no matter how minor, result in spiritual growth.” These lemons are moments or challenges that build character and sometimes influence the course of my life.

August 2016 wasn’t all lemons, in fact early in the month some very nice things happened: I took an inspiring spiritual class, attended a wedding, and visited with family that I haven’t seen in three years. These were all the highlights of my month, which I keep in my memory as beacons of light during a dark storm.

But as you have probably noticed, if you are a regular reader of my blog, I posted a total number of zero times to my blog during the month of August and pretty much went MIA on my social networks. This decision is definitely a lemon that I haven’t quite figured out how to turn that into lemonade yet, but it was a conscious decision. I know I chose to accept this lemon and can only hope that I can use this lemon for something good.

One good thing about accepting this writing related lemon is that not blogging in August gave me the time and space I needed to focus on turning the bushels of baseball sized sour lemons that dropped into my life into a lemonade factory. This time and energy not only effected me but other people in my life in a positive way. With how much pressure those baseball sized lemons produced, I’m not confident that I could have produced anything worth reading anyway. I tried and the results were confused and unpublishable. Shrug. Such is life sometimes. I think that even this post has a little bit of scattered remnants of lemon peals.

As far as my writing goals are concerned, I’ll be revisiting them this month and deciding what direction to my blog should be going in and how to make writing for my blog more closely align with my novel writing goals. So, perhaps you will be reading more about that in the near future. Only time will tell.

But when life gives you lemons…

So when life gives you lemons, what do you do? Get angry? Drink it with alcohol? Paint your lemons gold? Plant a tree? Sell them? Keep them? Make your own lemonade? It’s actually quite interesting to think of all the variations people have thought up for this proverb over the last 100 years or so.

Or perhaps…

When life gives you lemons, you write about those lemons you got in your next story. 😉

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If you enjoyed this post maybe you’ll be interested in one of the following posts by WriterAlina:

July 2016 Affirmation June 2016 Affirmation May 2016 Affirmation

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