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October 31, 2017

Being Grateful for Lemons and Lemon Recipes

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With the holiday of abundance and gratitude upon us, I want to share how lemons both metaphorically and practically are good for us. As you know, I have experienced a lot of lemons in my life as both a child and an adult. I expect more lemons to come as I continue on my journey. They are inevitable. While I should have made some different choices over the years, I try my best to not dwell on the past. I do reflect on the past and even beat myself up to various degrees. But I do not allow myself to stay stuck in a negative spiral for too long. As unpleasant as the tough circumstances have been, I eventually chose to make lemonade out of my lemons and will continue to do so. It is my hope that you will try to make your own lemonade. It really is delicious!

Very few people can handle the sour taste of the juice squeezed from a fresh lemon. Even worse, when the juice squirts you directly in the eye or a cut, the sting is unbearable. First, you are in shock. Then, you are in pain. It takes a cleansing to wash the pain away and heal. No one wants to experience pain. However, the chances of someone not ever experiencing the sting of lemon citrus, is rare.

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The same holds true in life. The chances of someone not ever experiencing a hardship that stings is just not possible. Life is hard and not perfect. Life is full of lemons. Yet, life is good and lemonade is abundant. One of the best lemonade recipes for success is to realize that hardships are good for us.

Here are a five positive outcomes from effectively dealing with adversity:

1. You will come out stronger, wiser, and a better person.
2. You will gain better coping and resiliency skills.
3. You will build your confidence and self-esteem.
4. You will build a better character full of compassion and integrity.
5. You will become a change agent to make the world a better place.

If you have been given lemons this holiday, try three of my personal approaches to help you muddle through and make lemonade.

1. Make a list of the people and things that have ever made you smile. Be grateful for those smiles and know that you will smile again.

2. Think about how many people have it worse, especially during the holiday season. Think about the people who will not have family or turkey this Thanksgiving. These people have really tough lemons where some are not able to make lemonade. Thinking about these people makes me feel both sad for them and grateful for my life no matter how tough things may be.

3. Cook with lemon! Oh, the bright fragrance will surely lift your spirits. Cooking and eating can be therapeutic and a good way to pass time. I must add, in moderation! Okay. Everyone indulges on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a free pass day!

Here are a few wonderful lemon recipes for your Thanksgiving meal:

Rachael Ray’s Lemon Poppy Pepper Pumpkin Seeds

Taste of Home Lemon Herb Roasted Turkey

FoodNetwork’s Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

The Honest Project’s Lemon Rosemary Honey Cheesecake

Hold on…there is more goodness to be had from lemons! Not only can you use lemons for their bright, citrus flavor, you can use them for home, nutrition, and beauty do-it-yourself uses.

Check out these 14 lemon hacks from

Wishing you a holiday week of gratitude, deliciousness, and safe travels,


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