“Are you enjoying that nice weather out there?”
What else do you say? NO! I despise nice weather! Or, sometimes people talk about how hot it is, or how cold it is, or how rainy it is, and all in a complaining tone. Other times people talk about the forecast and how good it will be, and become stressed when it doesn’t turn out as predicted. Or, they talk about the forecast and how awful it will be, and decide to become stressed early.
Personally, I stopped watching the weather years ago and decided to be surprised when I looked out the window. What I see is what I get. Rain or shine, one thing that weather does is happen. I started appreciating each change and variety, and their purpose. Cold has a purpose. Warm has a purpose. Rain has a purpose. Anytime these things happen, there isn’t anything that anyone can do to stop or control it. We have no control over the weather.
“I had plans!” I might say. I haven’t changed the outcome yet.
We have no control over the weather. So what good does it do to yell at the rain? All of us do, though. When life presents itself in a way we don’t like, we fight by either complaining, by yelling, or complaining by ignoring. Both are not going to control the outcome, so I have learned to do neither. When it rains, I find an umbrella. When it’s sunny, I put on sun screen. I have come to enjoy the surprise when I open the curtains.
One becomes more philosophical as they age. I have more aches and pains, less eyesight, and less hearing. In the same way, I have no control over these issues, except in the way that I choose (a philosophy) to interact with them. I cannot fight them by complaining or ignoring. It does absolutely no good to yell at the rain. Now, what did I do with that umbrella?
(Our office staff have become accustomed to helping people adjust to their hearing, balance, and tinnitus in a way that they “do have control over”. That is, particularly with the many hearing and tinnitus solutions available. Great points!)
Rich R. Au.D
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