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Be Careful What You Wish For: A “Sweet Lemon” is Still a Problem

Be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it.

The implication in this saying is that you might end up not wanting and even regretting what you wished to get, sometimes for the longest time.  The reason for such can turn out to be one of the following:

  • You realized you’re better off without it, or you didn’t really want it as much as you thought you did.
  • You no longer want it for whatever reason, or no reason at all.
  • You found something so much better, and you don’t want to give it up for what you finally got now.
  • In all honesty, you realized that you don’t deserve it; someone who’s actually worthy of it should be getting it instead.  And if the idea of “the reward for good work is more work” applies here, and you’re not in the mood for more work, then this is definitely an issue.

Getting what you wish for, in general, should be a good thing.  It’s not too much to ask for something that you know you deserve and need to have.  And it’s also only normal to want what (or who) you don’t have.

If you’re the cynical type, such has a tendency to ruin one’s outlook whenever you get what you want.  When something good happens, the cynical will fear that something bad will eventually balance out the positive outcome.  Please don’t forget that although life is bad, it can also be good, and that good things can and do still happen regardless.  You deserve to receive and enjoy the good things that come your way; after all, you also deserve to be happy.

Whatever the case might be, I think it boils down to this: You didn’t really know what you wanted, you only thought you did.  And now you need to deal with what has become the “sweet lemon” you asked life to give you.

No, this isn’t a nice problem to have, for a nice problem is still a problem that needs to be resolved.  You wanted it; now you have it, with all the joys and sorrows that consequently come with it.  Good luck!  (You might need it.)

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