Gaï’s Corner: Lemons & Kafe

Written by Gaïna Dávila


Hey, Friends! Thanks for riding with us throughout the month of March; one of my favorite months of the year. After the wild ride that was 2020, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the importance of living life with purpose and on purpose. I recently read a quote by Emerson that said “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”


I know parts of this quote (i.e. "to be useful") won't jive with some folks, that's ok. I'm not suggesting that the value of our lives is solely based on what we do or produce because every human being has intrinsic worth (imago dei). Yet, I do believe that what we do and how we do it affects the kind of life we lead. This is true whether we live in complete obscurity or in whatever man-made limelight we're navigating.


Life has given me so many lemons over the years, that I've made peace with knowing that even the hard and seemingly unbearable seasons bring their gifts; sometimes, those gifts come in the forms of lemons. Even with the lemons, I've found that the key to forward movement is living a life that is led by purpose and on purpose in seasons of hardship and all the ones in between.


As an aside, I have to say, having kafe weaved into my story has made it all the more flavorful even when life has given us more lemons than I dare count.


Wherever you find yourself today, I hope you take a moment to recognize the unique value your story brings to the world. If you haven't already, take a moment to set your intentions on living a life marked by purpose, compassion, and honor. I keep seeing over and over again that true joy and happiness are a by-product of having those values at the forefront even on the hard days.