What do you do with a jolt in life?
Last week I shared the stage with Jim Stovall at The Lemonade Journey in Tulsa. The event offered support to people facing uncertain times.
The Lemonade Journey is about how we respond to life’s jolts and the opportunity to create something better.
The Lemon Story gives insights for life’s journey, especially during uncertain times…
- Lemon juice represents real life hardships that jolt us. These unexpected and unsolicited events carry an emotional shock that can send us into a hostage-like experience.
- Combine water with the lemon juice and things improve. Water is life; no water and life is short. The first thing scientists search for on other planets when looking for life is water. Adding water to lemon juice represents understanding your purpose in life.
- Mix in sugar and you have a refreshing beverage on a hot summer’s day. Sugar makes things more agreeable, less painful or trying. Those carbohydrates provide our bodies energy to function, that “get-up-and-go” life requires. Sugar is water-soluble and represents passion; an excitement, enthusiasm and love for life.
The Lemon Story is about transformation; lemon juice changes into “something better” when combined with water and sugar.
How is this true in life?
You can transform something shocking, unsatisfactory or unexpected into “something better” when your purpose and passion in life are mixed in.
That jolt can send us into a hostage-like existence, a box if you will. This is where fear-based thinking and ancient, negative behaviors hold people captive, hindering future success.
Finding your way out of the box requires creating space. This path out of the box requires the disciplined use of time and place, and resources.
The key to growth is reflection on the truth found in your story.
Your commitment to consistent reflection where you have time and place to listen to your story will allow you to create “something better.”
The path out of the box leads to your Spacious Place. Here you live with the commitment to life as an adventure. Here you are free to live your life with purpose and passion while serving others. Here you add water and sugar to the lemon juice and begin to create something new and refreshing.
The Lemonade Journey is about how you respond to life’s jolts and the opportunity to create something better. It is about transformation, the process of change, performance improvement, and personal growth.
Have you experienced a recent jolt?
Where are you in “The Lemonade Journey”?
What do you need in your life today to move toward your dream?