As odd as it may be, the first thing that comes to mind after this “quote”, is lemonade stands — possibly for more than one reason. Why the semi-establishments that quench our undying thirst for a lip-puckering punch? I will get there. First things first though, let’s go on an adventure into my exhausted mind.
Lemonade Stand #1:
Here stands an overly adorable little boy with rosy cheeks, a button nose, blue eyes, etc. In front of this little boy, let’s call him Sam, stands the creation of little hands — a full-blown lemonade shack, made of cardboard. On the front of his drink empire, is “SAM’S LEMONADE STOP”, with “10 cents” and a picture of a lemon. Who could resist stopping by and helping the kid in his working endeavors, eh?
glance across the street
Lemonade Stand #2:
Here stands, yet again, another overly adorable little boy. Just like Sam, he’s got all the little features that make the girls and old women want to pinch his cheeks. However, in front of this little boy, Johnny, is the results of many of his father’s Saturdays — a top-of-the-line, wooden lemonade stand. This kid’s thirst quenching kingdom had hand-carved wood and everything! From the frontal view, you can see perfectly painted words that read, “Johnny’s Lemon-Lime for a Dime” — pretty catchy, eh?
All is going well, both boys are selling their fruity drinks, and they are even getting the same amount of customers. Everything seems to be absolutely fine and dandy; that’s when it happened. Out of nowhere, the clouds begin to billow, and unable to hold the weight of the rain any longer, single droplets become torrential downpours.
As you could imagine, “Sam’s Lemonade Stop” begins to melt like ice in an oven — not a good thing! Thankfully, Sam was semi-prepared, and had an umbrella standing by. Let’s go a step further, the umbrella not only covered him, but it was able to cover the pitcher of lemonade, as well as the cups.
Meanwhile, Johnny, with a nice little wooden roof over his head, has no worries at all — or so it appears.
After the first customer since the downpour, Sam begins to realize how difficult it is to pour lemonade, keep water out of it, and hold the umbrella, all at the same time. So difficult actually, that Sam is ready to quit. So much so, that the “oh-so important” working goal he was going for, seems completely worthless.
Sam could either quit, or he can continue. If he quits, he would never know that his customers would be willing to pay more for his lemonade, because of all the trouble. On the other hand, if he continues, he will have to continue to struggle until it stops raining.
What has Sam learned? “It’s easy to stand your ground when all you have to worry about is the sunshine.”
In hopes that you caught the major parallels that were implied here, I am not going to go into too much depth; I am just going to say that what you do in the storm, determines how you will live after the storm passes. Relish in the sunshine, but stay strong in the rain.