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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J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

good reminder

Kathy K.
Kathy K5 years ago


Susan S.
Paul Stephan5 years ago

Interesting. Helpful. Thank you.

Shirley E.
Shirley E5 years ago

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.

eusebio vestias
Eusebio vestias5 years ago

Obrigado pelo artigo

Magyar Girl
Past Member 5 years ago


Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

Good article and advice. thanks for posting.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Rufaida Shamead
Rufaida Shamead5 years ago

Thanks for the advice

Debra Griffin
Missy G5 years ago