From The Storyteller
Nov. 18, 2019, Lemonade
Hello All: Sometimes wondering about new and improved causes me to reflect upon dealing with unintended consequences. Enjoy, Doug
“I’ve become a vegetarian”, spoken by two daughters and a son at different times in their lives. They’re intentional about being vegetarian, and each of them has learned how to survive in a carnivore world, without compromising their food choices.
Burger King’s invitation to my vegetarian children to feast on its meatless “Impossible Burger” has me wondering. Will vegetarians (e.g. my kids) begin eating at Burger King (something they never did before), or will meat eaters (e.g. me) go for veggie burgers, or is the “Impossible Burger” doomed to the fate of the infamous “New Coke”?
I’m sure the “Impossible Burger” was test-marketed, but so too was the “New Coke”. Which brings me to the fact that things don’t always turn out the way we think they will, and that both the anticipated results and unintended consequences can happen. We all know that life happens without asking our permission. So, when those pesky unintended consequences occur in my life, I rely on an old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”.
Here is my personal three step lemonade recipe:
First, I repeat “I trust the planner, so I'll trust the plan, and I am a part of the plan, and so too are the people I disagree with”. This helps me remember, I’ll never know it all.
Second, I'm reminded the earth ‘s current population is about 7 billion, so I know my personal part of the world is pretty small.
Third, I acknowledge the only person on the planet I have any control over is myself, which kick starts my thinking about what I can do to make my small part better.
I’ve found that, at least for me, making lemonade is far better than sitting around sucking lemons.
Moral: Life is meant to be lived