Making Lemonade from Life’s Lemons

What do you do when the dream you’ve been immersed in, counting on, and striving for fades to the point of vanishing before your tear-filled eyes? What do you do when your dream is taken away from you? You dream the dream again, and you go after it with a hunger that burns like the sun inside of you. You are the candle and the flame – you are the light! Dreams don’t die they transform and, when the time is right, they manifest. 

When my dream of running in The New York Marathon faded with the painful reality that I have arthritis in my right knee that has become so painful I am unable to endure my long runs, I decided after several days of crying and screaming at the walls of my home to contact Team in Training and share my devastating news. They were so sympathetic and understanding. They understood how devastating this was for me and how badly I was hurting physically and emotionally. They told me I could participate in the 2018 New York City Marathon, and they would work with me through my rehabilitative training routine to strengthen my leg and knee. They will make sure that all of my fundraising efforts for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) are provided to the organization, and they will transfer my race registration over to the 2018 race.

I have to let my knee heal, and I have to re-visit my orthopedist and have a critical conversation about my arthritis, the present condition of both knees, and what options are realistic and viable to get me ready to The New York City Marathon in Fall 2018.

My training will be better paced with more recovery time built in. Also, I have to stop when I begin to feel pain. I realize so well now that the motivational adage, “Pain is weakness leaving the body,” was not coined for those of us with degenerative arthritis in our joints. Working harder does not necessarily mean we are working smarter, safer, and better.

Some may wonder how I can equate my knee pain, marathon woes, recently diagnosed arthritis, disappointment, anger, fears, and tears to owning and running a business. Businesses go through painful transformations, setbacks, and disappointments. So, the comparison is very simple – the connection is based upon Re-Envisioning, Re-Inventing, and Re-Investing – my R3 Process. It is about not only working through the pain but also moving beyond the pain to an intention-focused, purpose-driven, limitless life in which we Re-Envision and embrace who we are and what we are meant to do, we Re-Invent ourselves, our lives, and our mission and reach out across the abyss knowing that if we fall, we grow wings to fly, and Re-Invest our time, intention, and dreams as well as our personal and professional capital not only to surmount our Everest, but also to become our own Everest – majestic and powerful.

Regardless of my physical pain and my disappointment, I am grateful to the Universe for teaching me this lesson. I am sure the lesson has a much bigger part in my life than I can fully grasp and explain at this point, and time will reveal even more profound aspects of this lesson. I am grateful above all else that this moment in my life has provided me the opportunity to tell my story. And, it is my fervent hope that others will read these words, examine their own lives and businesses, and realize that they can overcome adversity. I want each of you to conquer your own Everest, become your own Everest, embrace your purpose, live your intentions, and experience a limitless life.

My recipe to make lemonade from Life’s lemons is very simple. Take a heaping handful of adversity and disappointment and combine with a mountain-size measure of hope, humor, appreciation, thankfulness, passion, empathy, compassion, faith, and love. Stir in equal parts intention and purpose. Mix well. Serve and enjoy.

As always, I sincerely hope you will share with me your story. I look forward to hearing from you, and ask that you share your favorite recipe to live a limitless life and the ingredients you use to make lemonade from Life’s lemons.

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