Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mother Nature strikes again

Resplendent in white
London, ON, March 2011
About this photo: We're continuing our exploration of the March Madness theme with this late-winter blast of snow. You can explore, too, by heading here.
I can accept that everyone complains about the weather. It's the one factor that universally touches everyone's daily life, the one thing that all of us, friend or stranger alike, can quickly discuss no matter where we may be.

But there's a limit to how often any sane person can take the same whining about how cold it is, how uncomfortable it is, how unfair it all is, how it needs to end soon, blah, blah, blah. And I think I surpassed that limit long ago. Some complainers are so emotional that you swear they're about to start crying, as if there's some sort of grand plan behind their meteorological misery.

Not quite. Weather happens. There's no grand plan behind it. We can't control it. We can't change reality.

When snow blankets the region for the umpteenth time in a difficult winter that never seems to want to end, our choice is to either let it bother us, or find the happy. On this day, I chose the latter, and am glad I did.

Your turn: How do you find the happy?


Mike Wood said...

I go out and find the happy by shooting photos of wintery stuff such as down by the lake covered in ice.If it is miserably cold, I want the proof. Recording it makes me happy. Doesn't stop me from wanting warmer weather though :)

Anonymous said...

I get out and roll around in it. The weather, the snow, the ice, the cold, the heat... whatever it is, just roll with it.

That brings back the happy pretty quick.

Tabor said...

There has to be a least one thing about the day that is good...somewhere somehow focus on that and then begin to focus on tomorrow, because it WILL be different.

Chibi Janine said...

I reply with a quote

"Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes."

Source wikiquotes. If they were my shoes they would also come with about 3 layers of socks as I do my best to prevent me losing toes due to Raynaud's so yes I am one of those rather emotional people who gets fed up of long drawn out winters, not lost any toes yet but one year came pretty close.

Jan Timmons said...

Weather indeed happens. We know. We live in and love Alaska (except for some crazy politics, about which we do cringe, but don't whine).

How I find the happy? I rejoice in seeing the proper punctuation of "it's" in your post! Thank you, thank you!

- Jan

Bob Scotney said...

They say the English always complain about the weather; we are never properly prepared it seems to deal with the white stuff. I still haven't bought the snow shovel I promised myself years ago.
But the photo opportunities are there for the taking if you just get on with it.

Australia said...

Weather is uncontrollable. We can't predict what will happen next to our country. All we can do is just prepared ourselves always cos we don't know what will happen in the future.. Let us just face the present and prepare for the future.

Ankita (Gg) said...

I try to remember where I saw it last. :)

MB said...

I love snowmobiling and playing in the snow so I never complain in the winter but I will on occasion bitch and complain about the heat. You can always put on another layer but can only go so far to cool off. Luckily, living in New England I only have to wait five minutes for it to change.