I am convinced that one of our favourite pastimes in Canada is talking about the weather. It does not seem to matter how good or bad it is … we love to talk all about it. Mostly our talk is complaining. It is often too cold, too much snow, too little rain, too much rain, too hot, too humid, too dry, too windy…you get the idea. I love to complain about the weather. It is a birthright of mine as a Canadian, particularly one from the ‘right’ coast of the country. In the meantime, the weather is really just one small element in life.

John Ruskin is quoted as saying, “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

I hope that I can work on understanding that my day tomorrow has far more to do with who I will encounter, how I will see goodness in them, and how I work to be a reflection of goodness, far more than it has to do with the weather. My ability to live and love, to laugh and lollygag, to give and reach out will not be hindered no matter what the weather forecast says.

That is what I am telling myself in any event…the truth is, I have no control over the weather, but loads of control my own behaviour.