I mean, really... to listen to those poor
It's winter. In Buffalo. It snows and gets frigid here every single year and this season we just happen to have returned to what normal winters used to feel like in the good old days.
Of course, something like 52 states are extra cold now, too, so that becomes Big News, as well, and you know? I think I've figured out why people mostly complain about extreme weather, cold or hot, even. It's because of this:
People hate being reminded of anything they cannot control, anything they cannot fix. And no one can fix the weather.
We so like to dwell in La La Land, believing we control what happens to us! Even though people around us change and do things we wish they wouldn't and politicians always seem to do what we hate. Even though our bodies age, we gain weight and our kids grow-up super fast when we look away a second. And even though we have money woes, or get sick, become stuck in traffic, lose folks we love, have appliances that break down and probably a hundred other things.
Basically? Only God is in control. About all we control is our own behavior as He works to change us, but that's even an iffy thing. You know, like Paul said:
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do." ... Romans 7:14
What I've found? Accepting the weather is a great starting pointing to accepting that I'm not in control of much of anything on Earth. Not wasting my few allotted days or God-given energy in complaining about the ice/heat or cursing it or even declaring, "I'll be glad when it's finally ______ (a prettier season)".
No, just being glad today (amongst the imperfections) and accepting that I'm only in control of my attitude about icy weather and everything else.
And I can do something about my attitude. Always. And that leads to a sweeter life all year 'round. Even (especially?) in winter.
"Frustration: trying to do something you can do nothing about."
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
Here's the kind of news story I love to read!