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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Waffles!

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The above video is possibly one of the greatest rants ever! If you’re wondering, the rant is from the video game Portal 2. But I digress. The saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Has been around for awhile, and it seems to be ingrained into our culture. Most people have heard the saying or some variation of it.

English: Yellow lemons.

English: Yellow lemons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wikipedia says that the saying “‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade‘ is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. ‘Lemons’ In this expression is used in the informal sense of the word, to indicate an unfortunate or inadequate situation, a meaning which probably stems from the sour and acidic taste of unsweetened lemon. ‘Lemonade’ on the other hand, is a sweetened form of this same acerbic fruit, and so in the context of this expression, conveys the potential for pleasure and opportunity in seemingly bad situations.”
Now the saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Is a excellent saying and a good reminder that bad situations can be turned around into good situations. However it’s not perfect, there’s a danger of sticking with something well past when it should have been dropped. With that said I want to pose the idea that “when life gives you lemons, make waffles.” What do I mean by that statement? There are some “lemons” or negative/bad situations in life that no matter how hard we persevere and try to make “lemonade” we still won’t make lemonade. So my idea of making waffles basically means that you drop the lemon and you go and do something radically different.

English: Crispy Waffles.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In other words, instead of trying to turn a bad situation into a good situation. You go and look for a different situation altogether. For example, say a girl is stuck in bad relationship with her boyfriend. If she followed the “make lemonade” idea and stuck with it, persevered, and tried to make the relationship work she would just be hurting herself in the long run. If on the other hand she realized that the relationship was bad and that there was nothing she could do to change it. She could leave the negative situation with her boyfriend and move on with her life and not get stuck trying to make “lemonade”.Now my idea “making waffles” doesn’t apply to all situations. It also doesn’t mean that you never go back to the lemon, but there will be times that you never go back. There also will be times when you will be able to turn a bad situation into good situation. Basically what I am trying to say is that when life gives you lemons take a step back go do something else and then later go back and see if you can make lemonade out of that lemon.
So the next time life gives you lemons. Be radical and go make waffles!!!

-Roland K


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