Turn Those Lemons into Lemonade 

You ever have those weeks that everything is just going wrong? Nothing seems to go your way? You just can’t catch a break? I feel like I’m reading the script of an infomercial, but that’s exactly how I’m feeling.

I am so happy to have a day off for the first time off since Memorial Day. Granted I don’t work the weekends, but days off during the week are always welcome. I planned to spend my 4th of July completely stress free, doing nothing, relaxing. Yet, I am stressed. Stressed about two separate situations that I have no control over at the moment.

So why this post? Although I am a litttle peeved about the situations, I’m turning the lemons that have been chucked at me into lemonade. When you can’t do anything about a situation, why upset? Why beat yourself up over something you cannot change?

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

-Serenity Prayer

Every time I feel like I do I think of the Serenity Prayer. Sometimes we just need those positive affirmations to get us back on track and to put our minds at ease. I cannot sit and wonder what I could have done differently because what’s done is done. What I can do is take life one day at a time and deal with each day as it comes. Some are obviously better than others.

I think back to my mother who lived with lung cancer for 3 years and how she lived by the Serenity Prayer. She had it on a necklace and I can only imagine how many times she wanted to give up. Watching her fight a losing battle inspires me to this day to keep going because there is always hope. If she could fight, I can too. Life is full of sucker punches and some knockout blows. The real test is never letting it keep you down.

As some that deals with anxiety quite a bit, I can easily get myself worked up which does no good for me. Anxiety attacks are no joke. I find myself checking myself before I can get to that place and calming down quicker than I ever have. That’s not to say I don’t get upset. That’s not to say I’m immune and that I think everything is okay. I mentally check myself with a simple question, can you change anything at this moment? If not, let it go. Harbor of the emotion will do nothing. Deal with it another day.

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