How do you make lemonade without sugar?

I’ve been thinking about sayings such as these:

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

“Grow where you’re planted.”

“Every cloud has a silver lining.”

“An optimist sees the glass as half-full.”

“Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.”

“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”

People will also tell us not to wish away our lives waiting for something better to come along, that we should find the good in everything, focus on the positive, not waste time worrying, and that we’ll look back someday and realize that these were the best years of our lives.

I’ve realized all of these concepts can be combined into one simple aphorism:

“Be happy while you’re miserable.”

[Note:  The above sentiment does not necessarily reflect the actual worldview of this writer.  Most days.]

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6 Responses to How do you make lemonade without sugar?

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Some friends in college had a variation on this posted on their bulletin board:
    “When life gives you lemons, stick ’em in your bra. Can’t hurt. Might help.”
    *That’s* the version I live by.

    • zstitches says:

      That’s a clever variation. But then again, to me it sounds uncomfortable, even painful. I might try toting around some cookies or candy in there, though. (Absolutely no innuendo intended, but it’s apparently unavoidable in this instance.)

  2. Jen says:

    Bahahaha. Love it.

    At a beauty pageant I once heard: When life gives you lemons, make grape juice, and leave everyone wondering how you did it.

    • zstitches says:

      Mabel just said the same thing to me (only with apple juice) without having seen your comment. I think this shows that she’d do well in a beauty contest.

  3. Mrs. Organic says:

    Amen! I think you’ve commented something similar at my blog awhile back. It’s true, you need to have a little sweetness or else life is just sour. Perhaps that’s why we (my family) resort to humor in the most inappropriate times.

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