Have you been complaining about the weather? If you live in Canada and it’s winter, complaining about the weather is right up there with hockey on the list of national pastimes. It’s almost as natural as breathing in the great white north. On occasion I’m guilty of complaining about the weather too but my grublings are usually reserved for the sweltering, humid days of summer. A slide into a ditch in winter or many days without sunshine might bring on some grumbling from me about winter but usually I’m OK with it and I think it’s about time the complaining stopped.
Strange thing for a good Canadian girl to say but frankly I’m tired of hearing about it. The groundhog is liar and has the good sense to go back to bed until spring shows up no matter when it comes. Look around at the beauty of winter. It has been spectacular this year.
This cold snap we have been experiencing is quite unusual but science and the aboriginal grandmothers are saying it is a good thing. I agree. Nature is at work restoring itself and trying to regain the balance which we so easily tamper with. This long cold might actually be a very good thing. I’m not a scientist but I know many diseases and other foul things of the earth cannot survive this cold. Animals and vegetation which are not native to the area may not make it through this winter and there will be some restoration of the natural balance. The cold in the lakes may be very healthy for them too.
For the farmers who tender fruit crops are at risk, I am sorry.
That picture of the wing print in the snow (above) is proof of nature’s balancing act at work. Only the strong will survive this.
This brings me to another reason those of us with warm homes and extra sweaters should not be complaining. On our streets this winter, people are dying because of the cold. If anyone has a right to complain about the weather it is them. In a country where we have so much, politicians allow people to suffer in the cold,while they make policies in their warm towers.
I really think it’s time for the focus of our complaints to shift toward those who are able to make changes which will keep people warm and fed. I’m not talking about more shelters and soup kitchens. What we need is a political will which genuinely cares for the people.
So if you are complaining…STOP IT! …or move to Florida full time.
If you want to do something constructive about the cold go and work at a soup kitchen or give money to a street ministry which helps those on the street.