Turning Lemons Into LemonadeTurning Lemons Into LemonadeTurning Lemons Into Lemonade On February 26, 2014 I went into an estimated 2.5 hour surgery to remove a parotid tumor in my neck and face. The tumor had been discovered in late December while I was getting a massage. Over six hours later, the surgery that was supposed…
I recently started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and it really got me thinking. Am I as happy as I could be? What does that even look like? How would I even know? She quotes a woman named Collette: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! If only I’d realized it earlier.” Will that be me? Will I look back when I’m 80 and realize I had been happy all along?
This experience has been the most challenging I’ve ever had, but it has also been one of the most meaningful learning opportunities I’ve experienced. While there have been a lot of emotional and stressful times, there have also been moments on the lighter side. I’ve learned that it is much easier to survive difficult times when you take time to find the positive moments.
This is one of those times when your typical motivational speaker would be able to fake it and give you great words of inspiration. Unfortunately, I am not your typical speaker.
If we spend much of our lives under stress and pressure, how do we remember what we know are sound strategies for helping us get through it? Here are 5 steps to remain calm, focused, and solution-oriented during difficult times: