My coworkers greeted me when I walked into the office last week with the news that our computer system was down and that it would be down for quite some time. All of us had plenty of work to do and would not be able to get it done. Since deadlines are important in our work, this was not welcome news.

While I was frustrated, I decided to put into practice something I learned decades ago to make the best of the situation. During a school in-service when I was still teaching, the speaker told us: “When life gives you lemons, make chicken soup for the soul.” At least I think that was it, I wasn’t really paying attention at the time.