22 Apr We’re Having Weather
I feel pretty confident that Hoosiers appreciate spring more than any other season…and more than any other state in the union for that matter! We have such long, frigid winters that we long for the first signs of spring which bring about feelings of pure, unadulterated joy. We hear birds chirping, we see trees blossoming, we notice tractors plowing the fields, and we realize that B & K is finally open for the season—Ah, yes, spring has sprung!
Spring! It’s this new life, new hope, new beginning that we experience this time each year that makes me wonder whether (pun intended) to feel sorry for weathermen or not. I mean honestly, they are wrong A LOT…maybe more than any other career. What if doctors got it wrong as much as weathermen? Yikes! But, weather is fickle. Even the best tools and education can show you one thing and then the wind blows, literally, and it’s a whole new ball game—or a cancelled ball game if we’re being honest. But, then I saw a weatherman on then news this week saying, ‘You’re welcome!’ in regard to this beauteous maximus weather we’ve been experiencing as of late. And, I thought….’REALLY!? Seriously!?’ Actually I may have even said those words out loud at the TV. Then I thought about it again and realized that weathermen get blamed A LOT! So, why not let them take a little credit every once in a blue moon? Besides, maybe it’s not the weather at all that’s the problem…maybe it’s all about our attitude toward the weather that really counts.
An awesome IWU student recently shared this quote with me from That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis that resonated with me in a deep way this spring:
“Don’t you like a rather foggy day in a wood in autumn? You’ll find we shall be perfectly warm sitting in the car.” Jane said she’d never heard of anyone liking fogs before but she didn’t mind trying. All three got in.
“That’s why Camilla and I got married,” said Denniston as they drove off. “We both like Weather. Not this or that kind of weather, but just Weather. It’s a useful taste if one lives in England.”
“How ever did you learn to do that, Mr. Denniston?” said Jane. “I don’t think I should ever learn to like rain and snow.”
“It’s the other way round,” said Denniston. “Everyone begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up. Noticed it on a snowy day? The grown-ups are all going about with long faces, but look at the children – and the dogs. They know what snow’s made for.”
“I’m sure I hated wet days as a child,” said Jane. “That’s because the grown-ups kept you in,” said Camilla. “Any child loves rain if it’s allowed to go out and paddle about in it.”
So, no it’s not really the weather, or the weatherman for that matter, it’s all about our attitude. <Insert your favorite John Wooden (or Jack Colescott) quote here.> We choose to act or react. We choose to be a part of the solution or part of the problem. We choose to do better today than we did yesterday. We also choose to give grace to others because we’re not perfect and we choose to forgive and forget because it’s best for us and everyone around us to move on to bigger and better things. Attitude is everything, so pick a good one because “A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life.” And it’s not weather-dependent!
Let’s face it, we live in Indiana—we’re having weather all the time! If you don’t like it, stick around for another hour and it’ll change. Likewise, if you don’t like something about our community, stick around and do something to improve it and it’ll change. As Anne Bradstreet said, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
Grant County has had our fair share of adversity in the past, but it’s spring once again; prosperity awaits and we welcome it…rain or shine.