Living in Minnesota, my husband likes to quote the Norwegian saying "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing."
While it’s not been much of a typical winter here (or anywhere) this year, this saying gave me a shift in perspective when I first heard it.
Can’t do much about the weather; can put on clothes that allow you to be out in it.
It’s an analogy that can translate to our lives as well. Jon Kabat-Zinn teaches about how our interpretation of life’s experience can be like the weather. Being able to see our emotions and opinions about our experience as storms or temporary showers that will blow by, rather than getting swept away in a torrent that we’ve created, can allow us to actually experience what is real in the present moment.
Life’s weather will come and go, regardless of our opinion or desires. We can choose how we want to be in it – collar turned up, head down, bearing the brunt of it – or prepared, aware and observant, dry inside our good clothing.
How do you choose to experience life’s weather?