MAKING OUR OWN WEATHER
Submitted by Susan Sussman on Thu, 01/27/2011 - 08:42
It feels like it's been snowing forever! Last night in suburban Philly we got another foot.
The view outside my back windows is of a winter wonderland. Outside my front windows - not so much. At 7:30 am my neighbors are struggling to dig themselves out, yet again. If I had to guess I'd say there are sore backs, short tempers, cabin fever, seasonal affective disorder and boredom on my street today because the weather outside often seems to play havoc with our own internal weather gauges.
This might sound like a radical question: can we carry an internal weatherman around with us? Learn to forecast sunnier days inside regardless of the weather outside? Change our own barometric pressure? It can be so tempting to be reactive, to assign power and control to "the weather" or any outside person, force, or predicament.
So what can we do to stay sunny when it feels so much like external circumstances have rained on our parade?
Count the blessings we do have
Find something in the situation to enjoy (My dog WILL love the snow!)
Take advantage of the situation (so yesterday I baked cookies)
Do something you enjoy (a walk, movie, chat with a friend)
How would like to answer this question? What would you like to add to the list?