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Getting Creative with Life’s Problems

Getting Creative with Life’s Problems

We’ve all heard the saying: “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!” But what does that really mean?

It can mean a number of things to different people, but I think it means getting creative when it comes to problem solving. We all would love to have an ideal life with ideal circumstances, but life just doesn’t tend to work that way. Instead of getting down about it, think outside of the box. Use your resources as fuel to make your situation work for you.

It’s all too tempting to use our energy negatively, thinking about what we would have done if things were different. How about using that same energy to think of possibilities or the ways that you can get what you want? Maybe it means compromising a little bit, but sometimes something is better than nothing.

The next time an obstacle comes your way, don’t cower in front of it — instead, use it as an opportunity to stretch your creativity muscles. Brainstorm different possibilities and solutions and take your problem apart detail by detail to see what you can rework. Break it down step by step and think about the multiple outcomes for different choices you make in the process. If you get stuck, think about having a friend or loved one help you think it through — because, after all, a different perspective is also a wider perspective.

Problems don’t have to completely stop you, especially if you look at them as a challenge rather than a setback. Live tenaciously, persevere, and go for your goals!


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Erika Oglesby

Erika Oglesby is a freelance writer and wandering nomad currently located in Grand Rapids, MI. She is dedicated to helping people better their lives through self-knowledge and alternative therapies -- especially women of color and women diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. Visit her website at


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10:30AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

good reminder

9:31PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012


10:36AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Interesting. Helpful. Thank you.

4:45AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

I think we should have an annual celebration of all the lemonade makers out there reminding us not to take life too hard and look for the bright side of its little pranks.

3:11AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Obrigado pelo artigo

1:12AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012


6:04PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Good article and advice. thanks for posting.

4:20PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thanks for the article.

11:43AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thanks for the advice

10:23AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012


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