When the Unexpected Happens

Sheri here –

In the last few months we’ve dealt with a lot of unexpected stuff. When the Universe gives you lemons, do you make lemonade or do you complain you got sour lemons? What is your response?

Ok, maybe lemonade isn’t your initial response, but do you eventually get there?

If you’re struggling with tolerance for when the unexpected happens, here’s a little lemonade recipe to help put things into perspective.

Back to the sour lemons… Recently, I had one of “those” days! One of those days, the unexpected happened! The dishwasher quit working, the furnace got red tagged and the cell phone got dropped in water.

Except for the dishwasher, the demise of these devices was somewhat expected. The furnace and my husband’s cell phone were living on borrowed time.

The furnace was over 40 years old. Even though we live in Southern California, in the past it was used for months at a time during cold weather.

The cell phone was old, sat on, dropped and generally just well used. It was still useful, sorta. But a burial in water may have been a bit extreme.

The dishwasher just quit–all the electronics stopped working. Fortunately, it was still under a service contract, so it was an easy fix for a knowledgeable professional who knew what they were doing.

Sure, these are problems of abundance. But when they all go kaput at the same time, within less than 24 hours, it is a bit overwhelming and very unexpected!

Yet within short order, solutions were in process for all of them. And I got a GREAT story out of it to boot!!

How Do You Handle the Unexpected?

Me–first, I get emotional (you can picture a mini-temper tantrum, right?). Then I roll my eyes upward to God and ask “Ok, now what” (a short prayer)? Finally, I spring into action.

What do you do? Do you know your “usual” response?

Seriously, though–getting into action (aka, making lemonade) is the key. It takes a bit of clear-headed thinking. And it can include: talking with someone else for perspective, asking for help (sometimes LOTS of help) and knowing your priorities!

Know Your Priorities

When the unexpected happens, you need to know your priorities!

Why priorities? Why are priorities important in this situation? Your Priorities Are Input into Your Decisions.

When you know your priorities, it helps answer the questions: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How?

Who can help us? Who do you lean on… a trusted friend or family member, maybe even a colleague depending on the situation?

What are your choices? For instance, with my furnace, it needs to be replaced, but other information on my priority list influences that decision. For instance, how long do we plan to live here? A couple of years or “forever.” If we choose the latter, then we might want to look at also installing air conditioning–now or in the future. That influences the heating solution.

While all those questions (Who, What, Where, When, Why and How) may not apply, they can drive other questions that create better solutions.

Sometimes when the unexpected happens to you–whether it’s mechanical failures, accidents, illnesses, job losses or the passing of loved ones, the answers aren’t always easy, and the time pressure may be intense.

What Are Your Priorities?

It’s important to know your priorities. Know where your faith, health, family, self-care and career/business rank on your list. Knowing those answers will support you in making decisions and in deciding who you can turn toward for help.

The same applies in your business or your career–knowing those must-do’s, your key activities will help sort out your action plan (the lemonade recipe) more swiftly. Those must-do’s may also determine how quickly you need to respond and whose help you need.

But you need your priorities in place long before the unexpected happens, long before the stuff hits the fan. Working them on the fly may not give you the best solution, and it will certainly cause you additional stress.

‘Til the next time…



P.S. If you need help setting your priorities or to reaffirm them in the current environment, use this link to set up a call with me. You don’t have to do this alone.

P.P.S. Sheri’s Pucker Up Lemonade
Ingrediants: water, sugar, lemon juice.
Make a simple syrup by first heating the water and sugar together the sugar is completely dissolved, then mix that with the lemon juice.

Start with the following proportions:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
¾ – 1 cup lemon juice (depending on how sweet or sour you like your lemonade)

Make the simple syrup, combine with lemon juice, then add more water (and ice) to dilute the lemonade to your liking.

Prep time: 10 minutes Yield: Serves 6

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