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When Life Gives You Lemons – Make Lemonade!

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Many of you have heard the common saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Sometimes we don’t know what’s going to happen today, tomorrow or the next day. But isn’t that the interesting part of life?

I met with one of my clients the other day and we had a great conversation. Their accounts were performing well, their health was in great condition, and they have enough income to meet all their expenses. But, I could still sense a void in their happiness. After giving hugs and saying our goodbyes I sat in my office and pondered over our conversation. It made me think. What is missing in their lives, what’s the void? Everything was going well for them and they were secure financially without many money-related stresses. And then it hit me. Their money has never been about them. They watch and take care of their grandchildren throughout the week, they are socking money away to pass to their kids, they have 2 properties that they maintain and that constantly need repairs, and they hadn’t taken a single vacation in over 8 years! Where’s their focus on their own happiness, bucket-list or “me-time?”

Sometimes the lemons life can throw at us can be disguised. We may not even know that lemons are being thrown at us at all, we may just not feel completely fulfilled or satisfied. If and when that feeling happens, it’s important to pay attention to it. For most of us, there’s never enough hours in a day, but sometimes you need to take a step back and pay attention to you. Every morning when I wake up, I open my eyes and just lay there for a few minutes. This is the time that I take for myself every day. No television, no radio, no bills, nothing. Just simple peace of mind and quiet. It’s a time when I can reflect about how I’m feeling, what I want to do or what I want to accomplish in a given day or week. And if I’m feeling like I have a lot of lemons, I think about how I can start making lemonade!

So, starting today, take the time to pay attention to yourself and ask yourself what you can do to really enjoy life and all the wonders it can hold. When you wake up tomorrow morning, don’t do anything. Just lay there with your eyes open for at least 5 minutes and see just how much those 5 minutes can really make a difference.

As for my clients? They are now enjoying lemonade on the beach for their first vacation in over 8 years—just the two of them!

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