I’ve been doing a pretty good job at complaining about the weather lately. Spring has shown up on the calendar, but, in these parts, it has done a downright lousy job of showing up anywhere else. So much so that I have essentially retreated to the treadmill for my runs. I’m sick of the cold. So, I complain about it. I pine for warmer days. And you know what? For all that complaining I am doing, one thing is true.
It’s still cold.
And there is still some snow on the ground.
It got me thinking on that blasted treadmill the other day. The weather is not unlike the government in some ways. People do a good job complaining about it like I complain about the weather. Many think it is the source of all of our ills. If you are a Republican, President Obama is ruining your life. If you are a Democrat, the Republicans are succeeding in undermining all of your hard work. Right?
Which gets me back to the title of this post, which I will admit is kind of misleading. It is misleading because the weather isn’t ruining my life and the President isn’t ruining yours. Neither are the Republicans. In fact, I hear people go on and on about a great many things that are “keeping them down”. Their families, spouses, bosses, co-workers, friends, neighbors, pets, you name it.
Unfortunately, for the chronic complainer, there is simply one constant through all of those interweaving relationships spurning the complaining. You know what that is?
Yes, the complainer.
I have heard people complain about all of these things and more. Man, I have even heard people complain about ALL of them. Yes, they are a treat to be around. Trust me. But, when it comes down to it, all of these things are nothing more than weather. You can’t change it. The only thing you can change is how you react to it.
If you don’t have the life you want, stop complaining about Corporate America and “The Man”. Look in the mirror. The economy isn’t bad, it is different. It requires a different approach by you if the results are not where you want them to be.
If your health isn’t where you want it to be, stop blaming “Big Agriculture” or devious advertising “causing” you to stop at McDonald’s. Look in the mirror. Turn off the TV if you think you are being manipulated into bad decisions. Ultimately, you are the one making the decisions.
Personal responsibility is at the very core of growing. Once you accept that responsibility, the real wins start piling up. I have been there. I still am. I have found, time and time again, that placing myself in the crosshairs of any dissatisfaction I have with a part of my life that I can begin to turn the tide almost immediately. Change doesn’t happen instantly, but the dial does begin to move in the right direction.
Does all this mean I now pledge to embrace the snow and cold? No. Winter still stinks and none of you are going to convince me otherwise. So, save your breath 🙂 However, I can and will find other ways to deal with my displeasure with it. The weather isn’t the source of my displeasure, my reaction to it is. As long as I can see deep down inside that the dial I am trying to move is inching forward little by little, I can keep staring out the window with a scowl on my face knowing I am smiling ever so slightly on the inside.