My oldest son Hayden, was complaining to me about school.

His grade 3 class had been asked to put their names down for a range of electives and he chose robotics.  I don’t know how complex the robotics would have been for a grade 3 class, but I digress.

Anyway, Hayden didn’t get his first choice, but was placed into a drawing class instead.

As we talked about it, two things became apparent:

  • He was getting better at drawing and was enjoying it,
  • He still has a chance to do robotics later in the year.

I said to him, “Well done mate, you were given lemons and you’ve made lemonade from it.”

“What do you mean dad?”  he asked.

“Lemons are sour aren’t they?  And they use them to make a lovely sweet drink?  Well, you’ve taken a negative, sour experience and turned it into a positive outcome, which is a great skill to learn.”

Hayden smiled and I could tell that he felt much better about his situation.

So, what about you?

Are you able to find the positives in your negative situations?

Are you able to maintain a resourceful perspective even during the most trying of circumstances?

It’s important to note that I’m not talking about truly tragic situations.

When Hayden’s granddad died a couple of years ago, we weren’t didn’t try to find flippant positives in the midst of genuine and reasonable grief.

I’m talking about learning to deal with every day disappointments and finding a way to respond with optimism and hope.

I’m talking about taking your lemons and turning them into lemonade.

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