I’m sure you have had one of ‘those days’ when things just don’t go as you had planned and everything you do seems to go wrong. There is no parking space at the post office…..they don’t have your favourite sandwich at your lunch place…..the client who promised you a decision today isn’t in…etc.
This morning I was looking out of my window and watching the ducks on our pond, and I was watching in absolute wonderment. You see, I don’t have a duck pond.
The rain has persisted down in a big way in Manchester the last week or so – you may have noticed. Now often over the years when this has happened our lawn becomes a little waterlogged. THIS time – the furthest half of the lawn has disappeared completely under maybe a foot of water, and the old veg patch which we haven’t yet dug over this year, has become a wilderness of long grasses. Perfect for ducks.
And when I spotted them – as I looked out bemoaning the weather and what is was doing to the lawn – I was transfixed and that expression came to mind – ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. Well the ducks were making lemonade, and I was loving watching them. In fact I have decided that at my next house a (real) duck pond is a necessity!!
And it made me think of a client of mine who was having an issue with the water bottles he supplied. He was being asked by customers if he could supply recyclable ones. He tried to source a supplier and couldn’t find one and so he decided – he would make them himself. He went into partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and has developed a completely biodegradable, recyclable plastic, out of plants (how apt if that were pond weed lol).
And now he has a global patent on this amazing product which is set to help revolutionise the world. Do you know that bio-plastics are only 1% of the market? Shocking. Predictions say that this will be 40% by 2030. I would like to think it would be higher. The world needs this technology.
And remember – you can’t dictate what life throws at you – but you can decide to make lemonade from it. I love mixed metaphors!