Enter the lemon squeezer. (Thank you, Tonia!)
After a few years of using this, last fall my husband told me I was doing it wrong when I was having problems squeezing a less-than-ripe lemon. He said the cut part of the lemon should be facing the part that squeezes, while I have been putting the cut side down by the straining holes.
Now I’m not the most mechanical person, so I believed Tom and doubted what I had been doing, feeling embarrassed and shamed for being so ignorant.
Later when I was doing my due diligence, I googled how to use a lemon squeezer online and found I HAD been doing it correctly all along.
Why did I believe Tom? Why did I make myself feel so embarrassed and ignorant by believing what someone else told me was right? Why did I not trust what I had learned and done successfully for quite a while? Why did I not believe in myself?
I learned a valuable lesson. After doing my due diligence, I need to trust myself. I need to believe in myself. I need to continue to listen to others but discern for myself. I need to allow others’ opinions on how to do things or what’s right or wrong to be just that – their opinions. I need to not believe blindly.
How about you? Do you follow your own course of discernment? Do you believe in yourself?
TIP: If you role a lemon on the counter before you cut it, it squeezes much easier…now I know!