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You've Got Lemons, Now What?

Updated on March 11, 2017

….I don’t really have any motivation to do anything anymore. I don’t feel like wasting my energy on all the pointless day to day crap in life. So, if you don’t hear from me, I ran away in my mind. Don’t try to find me…..Anonymous

You've Got Lemons, Now What?

Have you have ever been mobbed and publicly ridiculed and shamed? If you have, you may have escaped to your home seeking refuge but then only to learn the enemy and her mob have moved in as your neighbours to imprison you. Making you feel alienated within the familiar and once cosy and safe haven of your surrounds. Feeling alienated, then starts to make you doubt and question your worth and lovability. Making you deduce that you are now somewhat different to everyone else.


What If?...

What if everyone in your life including the authourities who are in a position of trust and power, abandon you, leaving you both emotionally and physically alone when you are in the hour of your greatest need?

What if someone in your town does what they do, because, “they can” and it “just amuses them”? That someone relentlessly goes out of their way to undermine all your efforts, sabotage your past, present and future relationships and work arenas.

What if as a result of the above actions forces you to live in a stratum of society where there are no perceived opportunities to get out of that societal stratum? What if the only people you get to meet cannot offer a hand up as they are in the same boat and there isn’t the opportunity to barter, negotiate let alone win-win?

It just becomes a lose-lose, day in and day out.


What If?...

What if it had become a way of living where everything was just “too hard”? You feel day in and day out that it takes a mammoth effort just to keep your head above the water. You want to curl up in a ball, yet, there is a part of you that is defiantly struggling to hold your head up high.

What if others just keep oppressing you, day in and day out? Stalked, harassed and intimidated to the point where you feel so downtrodden emotionally and physically that you feel suffocated and crushed by life. The thing is there is no logical reason for this attack by this stranger. It makes no sense to your world and it’s totally overwhelming together with acting as a source to put your life on hold.


New Agers and Pop Psychology keep saying you can be the author of your life. The words are like a slap across your face. You think, “nice sweet talk and it doesn’t apply here, thank you very much!”

What can one do?

Is there anything one can do?

A part of you gets ready to step into the mode of a tough love cheerleader who sprukes and chants the words, “suck it up”, “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” and “just get going, don’t look back!” But it is just too much. Too unrealistic and too unreasonable. Not to forget, too overwhelming. So, what is left? What can one possibly do?

Go to that place in your mind where you desire to become your own best friend and gentle motivator. The part of you that acts in a nurturing and comforting way. This befriending experience will bring more peace to your mind and heart, than what you could have anticipated.


When the Courage of the Mind Surfaces...

Then, when the courage of your mind surfaces, you will realize this enemy could have you face your own mortality, literally. There is no way of around this. You then find yourself in the situation that you have to make peace with your own death. And you find yourself doing that, not because you want to but because you have no other choice. So, you “get it”, that, when “your time is up, it is up”.

Following this you may find yourself resurrecting hope and a search for that ancient symbol known for its peaceful nature, and all knowing self that has knowledge of Universal Laws and energy systems. You may know this source as “Creative Intelligence”, “A Higher Power”, “Yahweh” and “God” just to name a few. I personally prefer to refer to this Heart energy source, as Creative Intelligence, although in a critical moment I can refer to this source as, God. This is when I am brought down to my knees and experience a rawness of feeling akin to the feelings of a scared four-year-old child.

It seems there are many people who are determined to think for me and speak for me. I may as well not exist since they are so sure they know me better than I know myself. But how can that really be? To me that is arrogant.

If I Can Leave You With Anything At All....

If I can leave you with anything at all, when you are faced with lemons and you are struggling to make lemonade, I hope these quotes nurture you along the way and grow a seed of courage and self- belief to get you through. Take Care

…where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith…..

— Robert Breault

…. laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects, so please take regularly……

— Anonymous

….. the victory is not when I stand up, the victory is when I realize that I can’t do it on my own….

— Nick Vujicic

…. admitting your weaknesses does not diminish your strength, it shows your courage….

— Erin Andrews


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      threekeys 10 months ago

      Hi Jo, good to hear from you. Yes there is a time to be upset and then there is a time to get back to daily life.

      Life has taught me I can't do it on my own but then life doesn't offer the people either to do otherwise. So whether there is a "creative intelligence" or "higher power" or not, to believe (or to deceive) yourself there is someone "looking out" for you, can be soothing/nurturing.

      It is like one's world view can bring comfort until someone flips the switch and then?... I don't know what lemons you've had to make lemonade from, jo, but made it. All the very best to you and those that love you.

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      Jo Miller 10 months ago from Tennessee

      I'm very much of a lemonade maker, but I also learned during the hardest part of my life to nurture myself. Having a day or two to cry and moan is okay. Be very nice to yourself, indulge. Then get back up and back to work.

      Whatever we call our higher power (and these are all just words that we humans made up) I think it is important to finally understand that we are not the higher power, we don't know everything, and can't do everything alone.

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      Threekeys 10 months ago from Australia

      Hi eric I will take a look at what you reccommended. I was feeling my bag of woe. Mixed feelings whether to share or not as our world could do with more light than darkness. But Im human, not perfect. Thank you listening. (Reading)

      Hi John believing in mystery forges us onwards with hope. I was thinking when I succumb to others saying "we" (the human species) have worked everything out and "know all the answers" I think of Scientists who forgo their mission statement for finding the "truth" vs "got to have test results so that I can publish in a journal" and pay off my mortgage and save face. They recently discovered x8 new planets. Just think how much information is hidden from the masses but kept for the realm of the elite? Could be something unimaginable!

      I hope things fall into place for you soon John.

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      ThreeKeys , thank you for sharing this. I have so much happening in my life at the moment it would be easy to throw my hands in the air in despair, but I know if I see it through it will work out better than before. I am making lemonade with those lemons life has dealt.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Three keys I have been bitten by despair. A nasty ugly bite that can infect the body and drag down the soul with death of hope. They condemned me and hated me for I was weak enough to be hated.

      Really kind of freeing. No more doing it for them, no matter who them is.

      I cut some Mallow and long grass in my garden last week, even the weeds were back up and being alive. Cut me down and I shall be no less.

      I love this song on this matter: Be well friend.