When Life Gives You Lemons…

Tom Jepson
Dec 1 · 2 min read

…draw funny faces on them (or so the saying on our little kitchen notepad goes). The last few weeks have, for me, been rather disruptive to my desire for routine. Poorly children, family appointments, horrific weather, pre-planned events at really awkward times (I can’t complain about this), nights out (I can’t complain about this either)… I had a plan to take my business to new heights throughout December and, for now, those plans have been dashed.

When you’re directly in charge of your own destiny it is very easy to feel cast asunder by sudden unexpected events. And, in this state of disarray, we can fall into spirals of doubt and despair. Knowing that you have to keep pushing forward, keep ‘doing’ to stay relevant, and keeping in the loop to make sure you don’t get left behind can be a little debilitating.

But here’s the rub (and I need to eat a fat slice of my own advice-cake here).

Planning is good but plans are pretty foolish.

Trying to stick to plans when something unexpected comes up might be one of those ‘definitions of insanity’ that crops up as a meme every now and again.

We have to roll with the punches and do ‘the next right thing’ to keep ourselves, our business, our dependents on track.

Just do the next right thing.
Take a step, step again.
It is all that I can to do.
The next right thing.

(‘The Next Right Thing’ from Frozen 2)

We’ve planned to make something with apples but are handed a bunch of lemons. What can you do? Probably nothing to change the fact you’ve got lemons instead of apples. Give those lemons a new face — starting with a smile even if you don’t feel like it really helps — and do whatever you can do to get to the next step.

Take a deep breath.

You’ve got this.

This is a post in my #Dec19ContentChallenge series, where I am challenging content makers everywhere to commit to posting daily content throughout December. Use any channel. Share a thought, a musing, a joke, an idea… Turn it into a habit and transform that habit into a rhythm.

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