Sitting at a baseball game for middle school boys today, I was aware of many realities around me. There were the inevitable obnoxious parents or grandparents who questioned every strike, yelled “Good eye!” with every pitch and scowled at the opposing team whenever they scored. Most of this is easy to overlook. It’s part of the territory and after having attended more of these games than I can count, there are rarely surprises.
The most intriguing aspect of the game was the numerous people who were huddled as if in the middle of a blizzard. Colorado has the reputation for abrupt changes in weather and this drop of 20 degrees was predicted and much less severe than many weather phenomena of the Rocky Mountains. However, the reactions of approximately 50 people at this game were remarkable.
It’s going to snow. The weather is expected to continue being in the tank for the next 6 days. I don’t think we’ll see the sun today or tomorrow. It will never make it to 60 degrees today.
By no means did I choose to listen to this negativity. In addition to it being unpleasant, these statements are entirely opposite to my view of the world. As I mentioned to one passerby, it’s only weather. There’s no rain, no snow, no earthquakes, no hurricanes and no tornadoes. We’ve just lost 20 degrees and our lifestyle is only minimally impaired.
Almost daily, I remind those around me who are peddling negativity that they should live for what they want, not for what could be. While we have no ability to change the weather, we can change how we react to it. It’s 48°, not our recent 72°. But life is good, the roads are easily traveled and by 2:00, the sun was shining.
We have the will to generate our personal atmospheres, regardless of weather. All it takes is the desire to look past the clouds, expect the best and appreciate the simple pleasure of breathing the air around us. Shalom.