How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Such a typical conversation starter, isn’t it?
Secondary maybe to “how are you?”. Though I’ve often thought when people are in a rush, they don’t really want to know how we are. Not really, unlike the weather.
The weather is easy, factual.
It is what it is.
Stormy, calm, sunny, wet, hot, cold, frosty, hazy … sometimes it’s a mix of everything.
Just like us.
Why the fascination with the weather anyway?
We can’t control it, yet we still try and predict it, adapting ourselves to its extremes.
As much as we often complain, sometimes the best thing to do is throw caution to the wind, say “what the heck” and make the best of it.
Open your arms to the breeze, play in the snow, savour the sunshine, give thanks for the rain … it might sound corny but why let the weather dictate how we feel.
Nature constantly changes but we always have a choice as to how we react.
Australia is renowned for its extremes in weather. In outback central Australia in summer the temperatures can hit 50C.
In winter it gets below zero, which is probably mild compared to some places.
This morning I stepped out into a wet and cold Friday.
But, true to Melbourne’s “four seasons in one day” label by this afternoon the sun was shining.
I sat outside on my decking and looked out over the back paddock where a family of kangaroos seems to have taken up residence.
Yesterday, one came up just beyond our gate. He was obviously enjoying the sunshine after a frosty morning.
Seemingly content yet curious he watched me for ages, before bounding off with his mates.
In two weeks we head off for our Northern Territory adventure. I’ve been checking the weather up there and it’s dropping below zero at night but the days are mild and sunny.
I’m already wondering what to pack. We’ll have to be prepared for anything.
I snapped this intricate cobweb on my decking the other day, as the dappled sunshine made it sparkle like diamonds. It was beautiful and it reminded me how tenuous life is and how we need to make the most of it.
Whatever the weather is in your hundred acre neck of the woods I wish you peaceful conditions.
Today’s forecast is looking good … bright and breezy with a high chance of contentment.
Next time someone asks you about the weather maybe you can simply reply with …
May the moon restore you, the sunshine revive you and the rain wash away all your worries.
In response to Frank’s Tuesday Challenge: Weather