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Learning from the Weather September 5, 2009

Posted by Living Abundance in Uncategorized.

Last night, I went to my brother’s house for some delicious barbecued steak. He explained why he wanted to have people over for a barbecue because this has been one of the nicest weekends our city has had all summer. This was probably one of the coldest summers on record; it never got much higher than plus 30, which is quite remarkable as the previous two summers I worked outside and remember the temperature getting to around 37 or 38 and staying there for several days. Also, I actually have pictures from waking up in the morning in the middle of May and seeing snow on the ground! In May! It’s supposed to be summer and we have snow!
I’ve heard a lot of people say how their summer didn’t go as great as they would have liked because the weather really didn’t give them the opportunity to do “summer” things. Personally, I don’t like the temperature getting much higher than 25, unless I’m going swimming (which is very rare), when I like it to be really hot. So for me, I really didn’t have a problem with the weather, I thought it was wonderful.
Living in a cold part of the country also means I get to hear people complaining about the cold weather in the winter, and how it’s not warming up fast enough for people. Its amazing how people can always find something to complain about. It’s like the joke you hear around here about the farmers complaining about the weather (my dad is a farmer), if its not raining the crops are drying out, and if it is raining then they can’t do any fieldwork–or some variation on that theme.
I try not to complain about much, and this is reflected in my way of thinking about the weather. It will do what it wants to do, there is nothing we can do about it. Why worry about something we have no control over? Honestly, unless you’re planning an outdoor event (only in the summer months) and your event depends on it being nice out, what else does it really matter?
Another thing that helps me get through poor weather is realizing that there is always a balance in how patterns go. If it is way below normal temperature for two weeks at a time (like it was last December), there needs to be some balance to the system. Therefore, it can only warm up later on to make up for that shift in the balance. Therefore, if it’s freezing cold outside, instead of complaining about how its so cold, I just go, well this is what happens where we live, we can only expect it. It’s going to change eventually, and that means it will be much warmer a few days or weeks down the road, we have that much to look forward to.
Seriously, sometimes hearing people complain constantly about the weather just cracks me up; I just want to laugh out loud at how silly people are. Especially when you read people’s comments or status updates on facebook and the majority of them are complaints about the weather. Is that all people can think about? Is that the most important thing in your life that you need to complain about it? It really is quite amusing.
I’ve always seen the weather as determined by god, so I try to accept what god does. If the weather is not as nice as I would like it to be, I just accept that, and think, who am I to determine how things should be when god is in charge? And when the weather is nice out, I thank god for a beautiful day and the chance to enjoy his creation.



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