One of the first things you learn in any writing workshop is to avoid using clichés. However, its very tempting isn’t it? Sometimes they say exactly what we are thinking and hey, they’re cute, funny and sometimes even sassy. One website, ClichéSite.com lists 95 clichés just beginning with the letter ‘A’ so as speakers and writers we’ve certainly entertained their use.
When I was thinking of my topic for today’s post the title cliché, “when life gives you lemons make lemonade,” was the first thing that came to mind. In good writing style, I’ll try to have that be the only one I use.
Turning lemons into lemonade is a pretty trite way to describe my journey. In 2001 I started the long process of revealing and then healing my scars from a childhood of sexual abuse. In 2006 I began writing a book about my experience and the strategies for healing. I struggled for years through the writing and then publishing process dealing with rejections and disappointment.
Then I found She Writes Press . They believed in my project and became my publisher and support network for the next phase of this journey—getting Say It Out Loud in print.
October 8, 2014 was the day I drank lemonade. That evening over 85 people showed up for the official launch of Say It Out Loud. I was overwhelmed with the turn-out, response to my book, and standing ovation following my speech. As healed as I believe I’ve been for awhile now, that night made me feel as though I had really, finally arrived. I was present, happy, healed and whole. The “lemons” that soured my life for so many years turned into sweet peace.
I know my publisher would say the work is just beginning. Promoting a book is as daunting a job as writing it. But I embrace the opportunity to tell the world that I made lemonade from my lemons and so can you!
We’ve all been given hardships to bare, tragedies to cope with, challenges to face. When this happens we have two options: stay stagnant under a dark cloud of sadness or do the work to heal and emerge back into the light. Choose the latter. Face your challenge, even is it takes years, as it did for me. Take your lemons and make lemonade. It’s worth it. YOU are worth it! I know, I’m living in sweet peace. Roberta