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Sunday, June 17, 2012

When you get lemons, make lemonade!

Life may throw lemons at us sometimes. For example, what do we do when we meet unpleasant people who say things about us that we do not like to hear? Their words blemish our perceived self-story, which we had painted in our mind’s eye and convinced ourselves to be real. Immediately, our self-justifications come to the fore and our ego defends itself. We feel insulted, hurt and often lash out in anger. When the emotions pass, we are left with remnants of resentment or guilt. Where is Peace in all this? If we truly want to transform ourselves, we should cultivate patience and honesty. Lay down our ego and focus on the learning, not the feeling. In our own quiet time and space, we contemplate and reflect on the comments received. It is from the unpleasant encounters that one truly learns a valuable lesson. So when you get lemons, make lemonade!

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