Turn Lemons to Lemonade | Look at the Positive Side of Life!

by Jayne Kopp on November 7, 2010

When Life Gives You Lemons….

Turn Lemons to lemonade and look at the positive side of life! That was my mantra for the day!

Have you ever had one of “those” days when everything you touch turns to dust! LOL. Today was my day, and perhaps it was a good thing in a weird sort of way although it really didn’t feel like it at the time.

Maybe it was just time to be smacked in the nose with a frozen fish as these last few weeks have been pretty productive and maybe I needed to have a day to reflect.

As many of you know, as an internet marketer, you’re primary focus is solely on achievement. Whether the achievement is big or small, it doesn’t matter, it’s just that there is always a plethora of things to do and ideas to add to the list.

If you’re anything like me, it’s very difficult to feel ‘whole’ if there are not at least one or two worthwhile tasks seen through to completion.

Alas, again, today was not my day! My beloved laptop decided to go on the almighty blink last night and despite sweating bullets trying to remove some malicious bug that infiltrated the brains of my dear friend… it was to no avail.

I spent the night in half-slumber wondering if the system scan I was finally able to perform would produce the necessary results to eradicate the tormentor. Since this was taking it’s time to run the course so I went to bed… but almost counted the minutes to rise and check on my trusty companion.

At 6am, much to my chagrin, the problem remained and I knew my day would be a frantically frustrating and pictured it whirling down the proverbial toilet.

As an added irritation, I had promised my daughter I’d hem her favorite jeans … but when I went to fire up the sewing machine, it didn’t play nice and flashed a bizarre error code as an added irritation. :-(

By 7 am I was almost exhausted from the brick walls I’d smacked my head against already, but somehow did manage to get the kids off to school in time, despite the whirring nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach.

At 9am I made a bee-line to the local ‘geek shop’. In I waltzed, attempting to look as confident as possible. I explained my challenge hoping this would have some effect on a speedy resolution.

“So, how long before you can get to it” I ask.

“Oh, this is a sophisticated new “malware” and is a widespread problem…it appepars to enter systems despite the anti-virus software. We are so backed up… it’ll be at least a week” was the reply.

“A week” I gasp… “Oh no I can’t possibly go a week I really need my laptop….. I’ll have to get back to you”… I reply.

“What is it that you do” asks the lady lady behind the desk…

“I’m an internet marketer” I reply.

With this her pen goes down and interest glimmers in her eye. “Really? That must be quite a task?” Says she.

“Yes and no I say. I’ve really enjoyed it though”… I reply.

“Well what exactly do market” she asked.

With this, I had the opportunity of sharing my love of my profession and in particular my focus in the personal development arena. I explained it isn’t for everyone, but it has been a life saver for me in more ways than one and has really helped me see the positive side of life and turn lemons to lemonade.

While speaking of lemons to lemonade, I realized that as a result of my challenge I was able to not only make a new contact, but offer encouragement as to why she might consider at least looking at something similar for herself. I would have never had the pleasure of meeting her if my laptop hadn’t bitten the almighty bullet!

Additionally, I was able to reflect on how fortunate I am to be in this industry, and reconfirm how it has helped me both personally and financially and has kept my mind off some of the personal challenges I’ve faced by totally immersing myself in something I have grown to love and met so many awesome people in the process.

As I turned to exit after a stimulating conversation, though I didn’t leave my trusty friend to be repaired, I ran into a long time friend I haven’t seen in 5 years. (That was just a bonus that would never have happened if I wasn’t in the store!) :-)

Immediately after, I took my laptop to another service centre that will get it to me tomorrow afternoon. :-)

I then came home and dusted off my old rickety back up machine, installed the necessary updates and programs in order to see me through. This in itself is probably not a bad thing either; at least I’m well prepared for any future misfortune.

I also was able to clean my house while the old machine was doing its stuff, which means tomorrow, I can hang with the kids rather than have my head in a cleaning bucket.

It’ll be almost like Christmas morning when my phone rings to go pick up my newly serviced machine which gives me something extra to look forward to!

Three years ago, I wouldn’t have seen this humorously or been open enough to look at the positive side of life. I would have instead flown around like a fart in a wind-tunnel, frothing at the mouth like the sky was falling!

Admittedly, I’m quite proud of myself for being able to muster through brushing it off with a ‘when life give you lemons’ sort of attitude. I guess that means that something I’m doing has rubbed off on me and is working the way it should. :-)

Besides, Things happen … and we should always look for the positive side of life and after all, it’s a great skill to turn lemons to lemonade, regardless of the season!

Ever had a day like this?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Hector Avellaneda November 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Hi Jayne!

It’s funny how as Internet Entrepreneurs we are sometimes faced with, what we believe to be, the worst of circumstances.

If we can just train ourselves to believe that we are never under a particular set of circumstances, rather, each “challenge” offers an opportunity, we are much more likely to inherit favorable results.

I once heard someone say that “Gold is everywhere around us. Its just that the average is not trained to see it!”


Jayne Kopp November 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

HI Hector, Thanks so much for stopping by. I do believe challenges are opportunities for improvement also. I love the saying that ‘Gold is everywhere around us. It’s just that the average eye is not trained to see it”… great input. Look forward to getting to know you better. Thx! Jayne


Jayne Kopp November 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Thanks Walter, I do believe that most things happen for a reason, and the things we don’t understand now, we will one day… regardless of the magnitude of the ugliness. Thanks for stopping by!


Walter November 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Things happen for a reason. But the common response for most of us when faced with unfavorable circumstance is to resists. We should always learn to see beyond the seeming ugliness of any negative events, for there lies an opportunity that will be for our benefit. :-)


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