When life hands you lemons, make lemonade

Lemonade Anyone?

We have all heard the old adage, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”, but the question is do you know the recipe? How exactly do you turn life’s struggles and disappointments into something positive? The answer is the Peaceful Solution Character Education Program.

Although, there are many pitfalls and curveballs that life can send your way, today you will be primarily learning about how to positively handle rejection. Why, you might ask? Well, rejection is simply a part of life. There are many different types of rejection, some of which include:

  •   Relationship rejection
  •   Job related rejection
  •   Societal rejection

Rejection is painful and when it is not handled with positive moral character it can easily lead to depression, a lack of self-respect and even the decision to engage in risky behavior. Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you want them to, and as hard as that may be to accept, it really is just a part of life. The most important thing is to find ways to deal with rejection that will not cause you to feel depressed, or cause you to hurt yourself or others. (Acceptance Unit, page 65)

So, how does rejection make you feel? Some of the emotions and feelings that one may experience include, sadness or disappointment, one may feel unloved, unneeded or even ashamed.
Here are some points to remember when dealing with rejection:

  1.  Understand that regardless of life’s struggles, you are valuable, loved and needed. Don’t beat up yourself about something that you have no control over! (Acceptance Unit, page 3)
  2.  Be forgiving – realize that not everyone has learned The Peaceful Solution Character Education Program yet. Make the choice to practice the positive character trait of forgiveness if they have intentionally excluded you. In doing so, you will set a great example for others.
  3. Learn from the experience – take it as a lesson learned by focusing your efforts on improving yourself using the principles contained in the Peaceful Solution Character Education Program. Be satisfied in knowing you are the most moral person you can be!
  4. As important as friends and feeling accepted are, what is even more important is to make choices that show respect for yourself and others. (Acceptance Unit, page 69)

So, when life hands you sour lemons and you are struggling to handle them, remember this equation:

Rejection + Positive Character + Effort = Success in Turning Life’s Lemons into Sweet Lemonade.

For more information, you can call 1-888-613-9494 or email us at info@peacefulsolution.org.