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What Happens When Life Gives You Lemons

You get to choose whatever you want to do with it.

Two laptops shaking hands — Medium TOS
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Recently, Gurpreet Dhariwal posed that question to me in an interview.

I said that depends but as a general rule, I throw it back and say, “I don’t want your damned lemon.”

Right on cue, life hands me a lemon.

Medium is changing it TOS, effective Sept, 1st. I saw the pop-up notice when I logged in yesterday. I clicked continue with the intention to look at it later.

I have a simple rule by which I live my life. I don’t pay much attention to news and stuff as such. If there is anything that will impact my life seriously, the Universe will find a way to direct my attention to it.

you may not agree with it, but it works for me and has saved me a ton of time and headache. Sure enough, a few hours later I came across a story by Alison Tennent that highlighted a paragraph that can be troublesome.

Later on, she published an update to her story.

Much later yesterday evening, Holly Jahangiri, who, while not a practicing attorney, knows a whole more about the legal language than most of us, wrote this story.

She also sent an email to Medium’s Legal Dept, (, asking clarification, and updated the story with their response and her opinion on the said response.

This morning, I saw a story by Linda Caroll that sheds a different light on the TOS, or I should say presents a different perspective on what it means or could mean.

I also came across this story from Charles Roast, describing his thoughts and feelings on the subject.

I searched for opinions from Shaunta Grimes, Shannon Ashley, Tom Kuegler, and others who usually have something valuable to say, but haven’t seen anything yet.

So, as you can see, I have a lemon that life has handed me and I am trying to decide if can do something with it before I throw it back. That’s how life works most of the time.

I am tagging some writers who I think may be interested in this information.

Timothy Key Gurpreet Dhariwal Kathryn A. LeRoy, Ph.D. Michele Thill Tree Langdon P.G. Barnett Sherry McGuinn Trista Ainsworth Amy Marley Aurora Eliam, CMP Priyanka Srivastava Helen Cassidy Page

As always, thank you for reading and responding.

Stay blessed and be happy, my friends.

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Rasheed Hooda is a published author, and a regular contributor and editor for ILLUMINATION, a writers’ community on Medium, where writers support each other.

He is a self-proclaimed weirdo who lives a Freedom Lifestyle and writes about related topics — Travel (a top writer), Personal Growth, Freedom, and entrepreneurship. (Get the Newsletter)

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Self-proclaimed weirdo. Jack of Many Trades, Master of Some. Author, Speaker, Photographer. He walked on Route 66 Chicago to L.A.

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