Lemons or Lemonade?

Yesterday it was reported by Newstalk where a jilted groom turned his cancelled wedding reception into charity event in order to raise $50,000.

Phil LaBoon, the former fiancé, decided to turn his reception into a charity fundraiser when his wedding was cancelled at the last minute.

Mr LaBoon decided not to wallow in misery after he and his bride suddenly decided not to tie the knot for reasons he chose not to disclose.

Reported by CBS Pittsburgh, the wedding was all ready to take place last Saturday at The Priory before the couple changed their minds.

The event went ahead as planned but with a very different audience than originally planned.

He sold tickets to his reception for $75 per person and that covered all the food, cocktails and entertainment that he had arranged.

The 32-year-old marketing CEO also sold sponsorship options which started at $150.

All of the proceeds will go to a group called Surgicorps, a charity that benefits sick children in developing countries. Mr LaBoon hoped to raise at least $50,000 for the charity.

He explained in a press release: “Nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives, I’m just glad to be in a situation where I can lend a helping hand.

“Bad things happen,” he added. “But no matter the obstacles you face you have to keep working hard to turn the lemons in your life into lemonade.”

With any situation we have two options: to be on the “cause” side of things or to be on the “effect” side. The cause side being that you control how you react to a situation and therefore the actions you take. If you’re on the effect side, you believe that everything else conspires to give you the “lemons” that show up in your life every day – the missed opportunities, being passed over in a promotion, the failing relationships, the low bank balance, the list goes on.

There is one thing for certain in this life, and that is, everything comes from you. The situation that you find yourself in, to the results you get.

The universe will work with you no matter which you choose. It’s ultimately your decision as to which way you want to view things.

So when you look around you right now, what can you do to turn those obstacles into lemonade?