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Lemonade With No Sugar: Making the Best out of any Situation

life happensWhat would you do if you absolutely had to make lemonade with no sugar?  I thought about this earlier this week.  Personally, I’d start by making sure I had some lemons.  Then I’d consider all things sweet that could mimic the taste of sugar.  I’m pretty sure I’d come up with something close, even if it wasn’t “lemonade.”

I know this is a random thought and a random way to start a blog, but let me fill you in on where it originated.

I remembered a conversation I had with my dad.  Frustrated and irritated, I called him one day to vent, and he asked me the age-old question: “Well Donna, what do you do when life gives you lemons?”

As I took a breath between crying I managed to respond, “I don’t have any sugar.”  He laughed, I cried some more, and eventually laughed with him. 

So, what do we do when life gives us lemons?  There’s several ways to answer this.  We could go with the old adage and make lemonade.  We could make lemon meringue pie.  We could actually take the lemons, dig all of the goodness out and make little hats.  The point is we have a choice to make the best out of what we are given.

Lemons in our lives come in all forms – overloaded work weeks, flat tires, bad hair days, high gas prices, broken nails, spilled coffee, the list could go on and on. We have the power to take every day “lemons” and make whatever we want.  Here are some ways you can make your lemons a little sweeter.

1) Think Positive

I try to remember: “I think, therefore I am” and apply it in my daily life.  Sometimes I’m not so great at it, but it works.  If I think I can’t make lemonade with no sugar, I can’t.  According to some, lemonade without sugar isn’t lemonade at all.  The point is, I can only make what I think I’m capable of making.  It’s the same with life – you can only do what you think you’re capable of doing.

2)  Speak Positive

This is more powerful than most people think.  Instead of saying “I can’t,” say “I can,” or instead of “I don’t know how to do this,” say “I’ll learn.”  Positive speaking is just as powerful as positive thinking, if not more in my opinion.  Challenge yourself to this for one day and see how it makes you feel.

3)  Be Positive

Well, if you’re thinking and speaking positive things – then it’s likely you’re being positive.  However, being positive more than just thought and words – it’s all about actually putting those thoughts and words into action.  Don’t just think and speak, but get up and do something positive.

American cartoonist Bill Watterson said, “when life gives you lemons, chuck it right back.”  Whether you decided to chuck them right back or make a different version of lemonade, make the best out of whatever you receive.

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Lemonade With No Sugar: Making the Best out of any Situation

Donna M. White, LPC/I, CACI

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APA Reference
White, D. (2012). Lemonade With No Sugar: Making the Best out of any Situation. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from


Last updated: 29 Jul 2012
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Jul 2012
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