A friend of mine recently posted on FaceBook:
“The lemon on the lemon tree we planted will not turn yellow. Turns out..it’s a lime tree!”
What a great life lesson packed into that experience! Many times we spend countless hours, days, months, and even years nurturing and tending to something that we anticipate will bring forth fruit into our lives. Maybe its a job, maybe it’s a project, maybe its a tree. And after all the time you spent putting in the work in an effort to enjoy the payoff (fruit), turns out, it isn’t what you thought it would be.
At that point, you have a choice to make. Will you be bitter that your lemon tree is in fact a lime tree, ignoring all the ways you can put your newfound fruit to good use? or will you take the time to see the opportunities that you would have never had if your lime tree been that lemon you’d been anticipating for so long?
Life has a funny way of bringing us to where we need to be and giving us the things we need to have, all despite our continuous effort to control and be in charge of it all. Learn to see the limes in your life as the blessings they are.