A New Twist on Making Lemonade

We’ve all heard the adage, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’  The following anecdote takes the metaphor one step further. William Henry Griffith ran away from home to join the circus. While he might have had dreams of taming lions or riding in the clown car, instead he became a refreshment disposer.  In May of 1873, nearby where he was making lemonade for his customers, the bareback rider’s hot pink tights were drying on a makeshift clothesline.  A pesky wind whipped the tights off the line and into his giant container of lemonade, turning the refreshment pink.  Too late to make a fresh batch, Griffith removed the tights and barked his new product:  “Step right up and get your pink lemonade.  It’s absolutely new.”  It became an instant hit.* Eeugh! I’ll never eye a tumbler of pink lemonade in quite the same way.

Turning a negative into a plus is the gift possessed by an eternal optimist like Griffith, but for the rest of us folks, it takes either fast thinking, deliberate deliberation or automatic claiming of the promise of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV, “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”   Today whatever pesky wind is a blowing in your life, remember old Billy Griffith’s solution.  Here’s to pink lemonade and the silver linings to even the cloudiest of days.

*Source: “The Back Page,” Black Bear Gazette

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