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Roller coasters, lemons, and lemonade

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What a month!! The old saying, “when life gives you lemons make lemonade” comes to mind.  It has been a roller coaster ride; you know, fun, scary, unsettling, and now we seem to be back on the ground.  I have been to a fantastic women’s conference to help with a big booktable and to listen to inspiring and dynamic women from around the world.  My husband had angioplasty to clear a few blockages in his leg.  We have lived with his cardiovascular disease for about 12 years now; this was his fourth procedure to clear things up and actually (at least to me) the easiest to date.  This doesn’t mean it wasn’t scary.  No surgical procedure is risk free.  We laughed and called this one “drive through”…procedure one day, bounding up and down stairs 3 days later and back on the golf course in about 10 days (his marker of total progress!!).  Then, a change in job status.  We have been here before too.  Take a deep breath, don’t forget to exhale, put one foot in front of the other, and truly re/member about living life one day at a time and in the present moment has been my mantra of late.  Now, today an employment offer sits at the doorstep.  Details are unknown but we are grateful and hopeful.   Answers should come later in the day and tomorrow will be what it will be.  Maybe we’ll get to ride a leisurely horse and buggy and get to stay off the roller coaster for a bit. 

We all live in our own Book of Life.  They are written One Day at a Time.  Sometimes, actually most often, the way they are written depends as much, if not more, on the way we choose to see the events and happenings of our days.  Sometimes I only feel the roller coaster dips and swirls, feel only the fear and see only the lemons and taste their bitterness.  I forget that the dips and swirls can be freeing; even opportunities to see beyond the smallness I often get caught in.  I forget  that I can squeeze those lemons and add water and sugar to make a delicious, thirst quenching liquid.   Today I choose to re/member  life is bigger than the happenings I experience,  life is generally good and in the end “all shall be well”.

Author: carladpineda

a woman whose life has been shaped by reading and writing

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