What to do with Lemons....

The following is a mandala that I did in October of 2009 in my journal....but it still holds true and it came to my thoughts today....I share it with you here....and remind myself...

Today this mandala came to me...as I drew and painted, it reminded me of lemons...It also reminded me of two different quotes..."when life hands you lemons....make lemonaid" (Unknown) and "People are just about a happy as they make up their minds to be."(Abraham Lincoln) Lately I have been handed a fair amount of lemons... And as far as happiness...well...I know that resides within me...I am the one who is responsible for that...I don't want to put that responsibility in the hands of anyone but me!! Only I can put my happiness first. There are times when we are affected by what is going on in someone else's life that makes us put our happiness aside...but we are of little use to our self or anyone else when we do not find things to be happy about...we have to allow our happiness for something to ripple out around us. Happiness even during times when you are handed lemons is not always the easiest thing to find ...but it is really the most necessary thing to acknowledge...a bird singing...a squirrel gathering a nut...the sun shining...old memories...new memories...the goodness of our life...things that cause great laughter. Consider what your life is like when you feel happy....and what it is like when you are not...which do you prefer? I am willing to go and make a Margarita (just seems like it might hit the spot!!) out of my lemons today and look for rays of happiness everywhere I can find them....Care to join me?
Artfully Yours,

PS: Do you want a glass of Lemon aide or a Margarita today with your side order of happiness?!


Merry ME said...

Why waste the ice and dirty a glass, I say on the count of three let's just toss back a shot of Jose Cuervo and bite into that lemon!

I love, love, love your mandelas.

Fire Byrd said...

Came here from Merry's blog.
I think put the lemons in the microwave and cook them to release their lovely smell.
And use limes instead to make Mojitos!
Cancer sucks, I know.