When Life Gives You Lemons….

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I’m sure you know how this saying goes. I’m going to mix it up a bit:

When life gives you lemons…. learn to like sour things (or look for the sugar).

Sometimes we have the luxury of choosing when to work on our anti-bucket lists. Sometimes our anti-bucket lists work us!

This past Friday, I came home from work to see this:

In case you aren’t sure what this picture is… a dead tree in our yard fell over and landed on our electric fence and a couple of our plants in our garden.

Caveat: this is not my garden; I don’t have a green thumb nor do I like gardening.

It is my parents’ garden though, and seeing as how I am the oldest sibling, I felt responsible to help them out. So for the next hour and a half, I found myself sawing branches, picking up sticks, and helping to restring our fence. Not how I intended to start my weekend.

Plus, have I mentioned enough times yet that ‘the outdoors’ is a general category on my anti-bucket list? ๐Ÿ˜›

So, last Friday, my anti-bucket list found me. I didn’t intend to work on this dislike, but it came up. And to my general surprise, it wasn’t as unpleasant as I was expecting it to be. But maybe that’s because I was looking for the sugar to go with this lemon.

  1. I saw a couple of dandelions outside, which always brightens my day. (Dandelions are on my list of things that makes me happy. :))
  2. Almost the whole family ended up working on this project together, which was neat to see. With five adults all busy with their own schedules, it’s not often that we all come together to do something.
  3. It was hot out, and I am definitely a warm-weather sort of person.
  4. I took a bath afterwards. I like baths, and it was extra nice to get all the dirt and grime off. Sometimes I think I underappreciate cleanliness, but I sure liked it on Friday!

So that’s what I found this weekend. A lemony-experience, that turned out not to be as sour as I thought it might. But, as my grandma used to say, “When a negative situation comes up, you can either laugh about it or cry about it, and I’d rather laugh.”

Me too, Grandma.


Have you ever had an experience where your anti-bucket list found YOU unexpectedly? Some fear or discomfort that you weren’t planning to work on, but thanks to life happening, you found yourself right in the middle of an uncomfortable situation? How did you deal with it? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments section below or Contact me!


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