I’m cold. And I shouldn’t be!

I’m cold. And I shouldn’t be!

Sound familiar? As weathered as we are, the weather still gets to us.

Believe me; I’m as superior as the next gal while shoveling in February, peering down at the pathetically naïve of San Diego and the disdainfully clueless of Miami. What do they know about character? Ha! And while I savor the majestic reds against a clear September sky, I feel a twinge of smug pity for those who lack the strength to experience the  change of seasons like I do.

But now it’s April, and it’s 22 degrees. Real feel, 22 degrees. It shouldn’t be! My choice is to cling or to accept. And in an instant, I have an opportunity for humility and acceptance – or not!

Ah,  the narrative of “should.”

It should be warmer in April
My kid should make the travel team
I should volunteer more
The coach should see my daughter’s potential
My husband should know when I want him to clean the kitchen
The principal should communicate more effectively
I should be 6 pounds lighter
My son should try harder
My daughter should know better

This chilly morning is the perfect time to dust off the old serenity prayer to remind me that some things can be changed, and other’s require acceptance. Through a quick Wikipedia search, I found a full version of this prayer that I hadn’t seen before!

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), American theologian and (Elmhurst College alum!) 

What a gift! My initial plan for today was vague, but I definitely was on track to complain and to be justifiably bitter. Now I’m thinking I might bundle up, walk the dog, and go to yoga this afternoon. I hope you received a softening as well.

Oh, and when Spring does arrive, it will most likely last about 2 days. Then, it will be in the 80’s! I better keep this prayer handy


3 thoughts on “I’m cold. And I shouldn’t be!

  1. Jeanne, what a great reminder to accept what is. I was trying all week to accept this weather, as I was still wearing my parka in April.


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