For the Future: Life Giving You Lemons? Make Lemonade!



In thinking about a six word story that describes what the future holds for me, I just thought about how grateful I am that we’re so often given the opportunity to own our mistakes and then capitalize on them.  Things can get so hectic and stressful and then we spend so much time complaining or wishing we could trade places (I’ve often wished to have back the years my mother did everything for me!), that we just miss the point; it can happen to anyone!  So below I wanted to share with you what’s been my best medicine  and ask that you share your own thoughts as well.  I’d love to hear your six letter story or your best de- stress tips, the best advice your Mother ever gave you- just whatever you’d like to share, it’s all about connecting here, so have fun!

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9/ 13/ 2013- 9/20/2013

Deciding what to do and how or when to do it can be a hair pulling experience (whew!).  Let’s face it: life throws us curveballs, it’ll pull us in a million different directions all at once.  But, if only for a moment (yep, that’s about how much time you have!), you can embrace the chaos and the mistakes, and accept change, you’ll better equipped at handling that seemingly impossible predicament. It’s important, even if so very hard at times, to remember that these “growing pains” represent opportunities for us to get better.  Try to see these moments as a natural, intangible tool we’ve been given the opportunity to use for the rest of our lives; growing pains help you determine whether you’re getting it right or you need to make some changes.

Change is the very thing that got you where you are today, for better or worse.  I’ve learned that being able to look beyond your present situation and create a plan of action based on the past can help you prevent meltdowns (admit it, we’ve all been there!).  In thinking about how you’ve dealt with problems in the past and the results that followed, you’ll be able to determine whether you want the same effect or if you need to shoot for a different approach this time.  You’ve got to realize what makes you tick and accept it, then use that information to either reinforce productive behaviors or alter your action plan.  Instead of seeing only the negative, look at every potential pitfall as a chance to further develop your prescription for a better life.

For example. if you’re always super stressed and constantly running out of time,maybe it’s time to implement a failsafe.  Get comfortable with making a daily priority list and getting it done; practice makes perfect. Also, don’t be afraid to try new things since what worked before may not be appropriate in the present situation.  I would say definitely utilize technology; there are countless resources that have proven to be quick, easy ways to get organized!  Maybe an app that allows you to set reminders or memos the moment they come to mind would be most helpful.  Whatever you come up with, remember this is all about helping yourself, you deserve to be happy and healthy, so absolutely do take the time to find out what you need to succeed.  If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?

So without even thinking about it, take a moment to breath and refocus; you’ ll be glad you did, and so will the many people you’ve obligated yourself to!  Obviously, this isn’t going to stop anything (or anyone) from trying snowball you.  Your deadlines will still be your deadlines and there will always be times that you feel so overwhelmed you want to scream, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!  Knowing yourself is key to being better prepared when it matters most.

This prompt came from The Daily Post via
Accessed on 9/10/2013:

Daily Prompt: Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.