David’s moment of weakness gave him flashbacks from over 20 years ago.
OK, I failed…it was a moment of weakness!
I let the cold and wet spell of weather (in what is supposed to be our glorious summer) dampen my mood. For those of you who live here or have visited the UK you will know that we are not exactly a tropical island and yet we talk constantly about the weather and how it affects our lives. If you eavesdropped on the average casual conversation, you might think that the UK wasn’t a multi-faith society but a single-belief one where everyone worshipped the ‘God of Weather’.
Generally, I believe that people should ‘take the weather with them’. It irks me when the weather forecaster on the TV says things like, “It’s going to be a miserable day.” When I hear stuff like that I say to myself, “How does she know how I am going to feel today…that’s my choice isn’t it?” I can’t remember how I got this belief. It could be from reading too many books on positive psychology. Equally, it could be that I was influenced by the 1992 song ‘Weather With You’ by Crowded House. Either way, I let my guard down last week and said (out loud to the conductor on a train when he asked how I was), “I’ll be better when this miserable weather ends!”. I had, in fact, just spent two weeks on holiday in the south of France with not a cloud in the sky, I was actually feeling a bit miserable…it wasn’t just a figure of speech.
You’ll be glad to know that I have snapped out of this. The weather hasn’t improved but I have reminded myself of something I learned over 20 years ago, listening to ‘The Phoenix Seminar’ by Brian Tracy. It was that situations, objects, places and happenings don’t have emotions in them. The emotions only exist in the humans. You can’t have a ‘miserable day’ because the sky is grey and the ground is wet. The weather is what the weather is…you choose to add the misery if you want…or some other emotion if that suits you better. Or you could move to The Maldives of course!