Life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This is grit, perseverance and creativity.
Life gives you lemonade - you make chicken piccata, a nice sorbet, and a refreshing Arnold Palmer (ice tea and lemonade). This is wisdom.
I look at wisdom as the culmination of life’s learnings. When my younger sister graduated from high school, I made her a book of sayings. One thing I included was “Be a learner - if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you are destined to repeat them all of your life” … or something like that. Every time we trip and fall, we should look back and see what we stumbled on.
This last weekend, a group of friends and I went to Columbia, Missouri and rode the Peddler’s Jamboree*. As this was our first time, we learned what to do the next time we go. We left on Sunday after the ride and found that the best music was actually Sunday night - we might do that differently next year. We saw the campsites and the coordination in the central area and thought it looked fun. Wisdom was gained.
Einstein is often quoted as saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”** Wisdom is constantly learning and growing from your experiences - both good and bad.
*34 miles both Saturday and Sunday on gravel, riding along gorgeous cliffs and rock next to the Missouri River. Bands along the route … lots of fun.
**Wasn’t him - someone else said it; he just gets credit.