Celebration of Life

Moving beyond my pain and celebrating life.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

When Life Hands You Lemons....

San of "Life With a View" gave me this award. She said it was offered to anyone who felt like making lemonade. She said it was for bloggers, who have the extraordinary gift for turning those life lemons into magical elixir. (The secret's in the saucy attitude.)

I don't know about having a "saucy attitude" but I do know that when life has handed me lemons, I had two choices. One was to let the lemons sour my life and make me angry and bitter as I witnessed in other people or I could make something sweet and good from my life's experiences.

I have come to realize that there isn't one person who has ever been exempt from life's problems. My problems are not unique to only me; others have walked the path I have walked and most have survived. I did not allow myself to stay in the "victim" mode nor did I allow myself to stay in the "just getting by" mode. I have chosen to do my very best then to 'kick it up a notch.'

I have not traveled this road alone. I have had help from family and from friends, new and old. I have continued to be diligent in looking for a life lesson and a blessing from every hard time. My faith has carried me when I thought that I could not go on.

If I have helped to encourage or inspire just one person along the way, then I am delighted.

Thank you family and friends for always being there for me!

Happy Holidays!



  • At December 13, 2008 at 3:23 PM , Blogger david mcmahon said...

    Your faith has certainly carried you. I've followed your blog long enough to know what you have overcome.

  • At December 13, 2008 at 3:26 PM , Blogger Jeni said...

    I definitely agree with you thoughts on this aspect. I've tried to work through bad times in much the same manner and I handled the good times. There are a few areas I still struggle with to keep pushing the bad, the negative thoughts out, but the important thing -to me, anyway -is that I recognize these areas and keep whittling away at them to diminish them as much as I can and as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the negativity will only erode deeper and deeper and overtake what accomplishments I have had over the years.

  • At December 13, 2008 at 9:35 PM , Blogger Ms. Creek said...

    love you and glad you like you love your christmas present! you sounded so delighted on the phone! i'm glad it wasn't huganug!

  • At December 14, 2008 at 1:33 PM , Blogger Velvet Ginger said...

    Love you Jo Jo!

  • At December 15, 2008 at 6:37 AM , Blogger Lynetta said...

    You've certainly inspired me on more than one occasion. Thanks for being there for me! Love you lots.

  • At December 15, 2008 at 8:34 AM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    I love you aunt Jo! congrats on the lemon award!

    I agree with you about the lemons!

  • At December 15, 2008 at 4:34 PM , Blogger San said...

    And THANK YOU, Jo, for being there for the rest of us!

    Love from Santa Fe...


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