Lemonade out of lemons      

By David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans

“Making lemonade out of lemons”: This well-worn expression is especially appropriate as we turn into a new year. That is the essence of what all those new year’s resolutions are — efforts to make things better. My odd take is that we need to consider lemonade’s three ingredients: lemons, sugar, and water. In the saying, it’s inferred that the lemons are the sour, unhappy, and undesirable part of the recipe. The other ingredients are what make the lemons tasty. But consider that if there were no lemons, there would be no lemonade. The sour and difficult parts of our lives are what give us the character to recognize how wonderful life is when we embrace its fullness. Water can be so drab on its own, sugar by itself can be too sweet, and lemons alone are too sour. It takes all three ingredients — combined — to give us the refreshment we desire.

Maybe you’re entering the new year with a little too much of one ingredient or another. If you have soured on providing care for a loved one, we can be the sugar. If you thirst because you have gone too long without assistance, we can be the water. If you have become cloyingly sweet, which can debilitate any of us, we can provide the sugar while you step back and release some of your pent up frustrations.

If your care plans for your loved one are out of balance, we can help! Give us a call for care in Chicagoland at 630-333-9262; for care in the Denver area at 720-788-0611; and for both locations, contact us online by clicking HERE!