My love for lemons aside, the ol’ turn-lemons-into-lemonade adage just doesn’t cut it I’m afraid. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for staring down adversity with my glass-half-full sunnies on. But it’s not sugary sweetness that gives me the drive to make good out of a bad situation. It’s tequila. Or rather, the essence of tequila.
I would challenge anyone over girl-scouts age to consider throwing out the sugar too. If the lemons aren’t working for you, sometimes no amount of lemonade is going to help sweeten the deal.
There’s times where you need a bit of grit and gravel to get you through to the other side.
Enter left wing; tequila. Renowned accompaniment to lemons, tequila comes with it’s own unique reputation. For one, there was a time where only bandidos and rancheros partook of this agave-syrup drink. We’re talking the ride-through-the-night-bad-types and the work-the-land-unflappable-types. These were the crew who called a spade a spade and were as likely to let someone walk all over them as a Grandmother would let a bully steal a lollipop from her grandchild. It just ain’t happening.
Holding tequila’s own brand of notoriety in mind, we can call on the essence of tequila when required. Add a little tequila, and suddenly you lose some inhibition. Add a little more and look-who’s-being-assertive all of a sudden.
One last tipple and the bandidos and rancheros clear the bar.
Where can you apply metaphorical tequila tippling in your life? Take this case in point:
Your boss asks you to take on extra work when you’re already full to your eyeballs on overload. They charm, you’re the only person with the skill set to get this project over the line. You know you’re being jilted, but you just hate confrontations. You settle on selling to yourself some of the brighter aspects to the deal. At least I’ll get to be out of the office more. The lemonade sickly sweetner? You get to be out of the office more. The lemons? Did you forget? You’re already full to your eyeballs on overload; more time out of the office is just going to make your situation harder.
Rewind. Add a shot of tequila.
Sure, you say. I’m happy to take on extra work out of the office. But as I’m already full to capacity, I’ll need to readjust (re: give up, hand over, throw out) some of my current work commitments.
Because you’re using tequila, you’ve turned up your assertiveness radar.
You’re aware that when you say YES to one thing, you’re saying NO to something else.
Far too often, that ‘no’ ends up being to your family, friends and personal loves. Some tequila grit has helped you commit to saying no to a project at work, rather than saying no to a priority at home.
But tequila’s not all about ramping up our assertiveness switch. Sometimes tequila’s about injecting a situation with spontaneity and comedic timing.
I got married last week.
It was a perfectly imperfect day. There came an hour, later in the evening, where one in our crew was becoming a little rambunctious, the festivities apparently landing firmly in the head. Enter left wing, my sister. Did she try and quieten the cantankerous offender with placation and water? No. She added tequila. She turned up the volume on herself, dancing, joking and parodying attention away from imminent disaster. With the lights dimmed, O’rambunctious settled, and events returned to joviality. As I laughed along with her, I’d like to think I taught my sister everything she knows (I did see some well polished Tamara moves in there); however, I suspect she has her own source of tequila essence, at the ready when required.
So I leave this one with you to ponder. The next time you’re landed with a squat basket of lemons (re: crud), sometimes no amount of sugar sweetening is going to change that basket’s contents. The equation is simple: crud+sugar=sugarycrud. No thanks.
Next time, try opting for tequila instead.
Has there been a time in your life where you’ve added some metaphorical tequila to a sticky situation? Is there a situation in your life right now where you think a bit of tequila, rather than sugar, is needed? Oh do tell. There’s nothing like sharing tequila shots between friends 😉