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When in your life have you been handed a bunch of lemons, yet managed to make lemonade?

I had a professor once who used this expression in a class and explained what it meant. In your lives, he said, at least once or maybe more than once, you will be handed a bunch of lemons. Some event will happen, not your fault, but you will have to deal with it. Maybe illness, divorce, getting fired, or some other sad unexpected event. When that happens, he said, the best thing you can do is just make lemonade. I have often thought back on his words in my life, as I tried to make lemonade. I believe it is inspiring to consider approaching such events, as serious as they may be, as puzzles to solve, rather than life crushing happenings.

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    Feb 10 2013: A tenet I've lived by for a long time. Just keep doing it over and over. Another way to see it is that as you try to turn lemons into lemonade you're going to learn a lot of cool stuff. I'd like to give specific examples but they take so much background. For instance, I believe I've been harassed by police helicopters, it's never been proven, but I believe it. As I've talked to the police about it, trying to ascertain the truth and get it stopped, I've learned a great deal about how the police helicopter division functions, which I never would have learned if I hadn't thought I was being harassed.
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    Feb 10 2013: The best thing that ever happened to me in life was the worst thing that could happen to me in life. I learned things that I did not know were there to be learned. What a blessing it turned out to be - WHEN I opened my mind.