To make lemonade means to rise above the lousy hand you were dealt, making the best of it and helping others despite or in spite of it.I couldn't stop thinking about that. Make lemonade, Heather, make lemonade.
"When life gives you lemons make lemonade." We all know the saying. It sounds so optimistic, so positive, and so strong. I don't know about you, but when life gives me lemons, I don't feel like making lemonade. Four-and-a-half years ago, a truckload of lemons drove into my driveway. I live in Manitoba, the coldest place on earth. There is no way those lemons came from a nearby orchard. The lemons symbolized my husband's diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The diagnosis happened when suppressed memories of childhood abuse surfaced. Our life was upended. I left the workforce three times because I needed to be at home with my husband and our daughters. I didn't know if I'd work again, or if our life would ever be normal (as if there is such a thing!). During this time, I struggled. I wrestled. I hated the lemons. I wanted my life back! Several months ago, I read a book by trauma specialist Babette Rothschild called 8 Keys To Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-Charge Strategies For Reclaiming Your Life. Key 8 is Make Lemonade.