The Gift of Raw Lemons
Whatever works. That's how most of us parents get through the day. Sometimes, we hang on with a wing and a prayer (and chocolate) and sometimes we manage to harness our inner Super Mom complete with cape averting disaster at every turn.
Let's be honest. Life happens.
You've heard the saying, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!" (or some creative variation?)
Have you ever wanted to say, "NO!" (or some creative variation?)
Our culture is so bent on ushering us through life's inevitable rough patches under the guise of "positive thinking" that it can almost seem dismissive. Thank goodness the girls at Monday Lunch understand that sometimes you just need to let a lemon be a lemon.
Some friends may rush to your side when you break a heel or lose your wedding ring and coach you through a misfortune with an uplifting, "Don't worry, you can get another pair of shoes!" Or perhaps they will try to quell your wedding ring depression by cheerily pointing out that, "Now you can get a bigger diamond!"
I'm here to tell you that a real friend will swear creatively with you, allow you the tantrum you so richly deserve and scour the Internet for hours for the EXACT SAME PAIR OF SHOES in your size. A real friend will hold space for your authentic emotions.
Yes, life hands us lemons. And if you make lemonade too soon you could miss out on the delicious life lesson that lemons can offer in their raw form. Like pairing them with a delicate salmon filet and the empathetic listening of understanding friends.
Creative swearing helps too.
Talk back to the Trio
What nifty and authentic strategies do you use to hold space for friends who just need time to move through a negative experience?