Life can suck. As bad a sucking on a lemon when you least expect it, or getting lemon juice in your eye.
Back story alert: I love gum, I’ve had a love-love relationship with gum for as long as I can remember. Somewhere in my tweens I discovered a sour gum (can’t remember the brand name). At first sour bite, I was hooked! Then I had the wonderful idea of “spreading the love” of gum (sour gum) with everyone. My strategy was to walk up to a person, with the sweetest most innocent face ever, and offer a “gum”. Oh man, I would be on the floor rolling.
No one ever said, “Wow! This is amazing.” Not one person. More often than not (aka every single time) the gum ended up in the garbage. All the while I was laughing my head off. Needless to say, I did get a few promise of bodily harm.
Getting a bite of a sharply sour taste, especially when you don’t expect it, is not a pleasant experience. Yup, you guessed it, this is where I draw the parallel with life. Sometimes that “sour stuff” comes rushing at you and sucker punch you right in the most sensitive parts, except you don’t get to spit it out. How do you deal?
Like when I got a call from a recruiter about a job offer with a 33% raise, she was supposed to be setting up a phone screening and I was working on not getting too excited because, let’s face it, I’m good at interviews. Only to find out on Monday (that last bit happened on Wednesday) that she “Is no longer with the company and someone else is taking over her files.”
Oh my gerd! This new guy has no idea how awesome I am. Say goodbye to that sweet 33% raise and suck on dem lemons. Life just sucker punched me!
How does one make lemonade out of dem here lemons?
Thankfully this wasn’t the end of this story.
I started by adding some sugar – positive attitude.
Then some elbow grease – some persistence. I asked for the person who is now handling this portfolio and expressed my continued interest in the job.
Some more sugar – I turned up the charm, said my thank you’s and appreciation.
Lemonade – I now have a job earning 33% more (Thank you Jesus!)