“How was your summer?” The friendly barista at my gym here in Ireland asked me.
“Good really, I certainly can’t complain,” I replied.
“No one would listen anyway,” he added chuckling.
I thought about that. It’s true. We really don’t want to listen to people who complain. Yet, why do so many of us continue to keep up the constant drum-beat of negativity.
You know the types. Every business project is overwhelming. Every boss doesn’t understand them. Their aches and pains. The traffic. The weather.
Ah, the weather. That’s an especially good subject being the transplanted American living here in Ireland now. Just over a week ago, I was wrapping up a wonderful month in the US – speaking and training at conferences and then spending time with family and friends in the hot and humid Midwest. We wore sleeveless shirts and sandals.
Now, I’m back in Cork, Ireland where the clouds are almost always moving. I wake up and there’s sun and by the time I make the bed, the wind and rain have swept in. Then five more minutes and the sun breaks out again –complete with rainbow. Last week, I saw three rainbows in one day. No kidding.
The Irish are what I like to describe as “determinedly optimistic” about weather. They make up funny sayings about it like,
We have four seasons in one day.
What are an Irish person’s two favorite days? Christmas and summer.
When our plane landed, my daughter, Lulu, and I quickly put on the sweaters we had brought with us for our walk across the brisk and breezy tarmac to the customs and baggage claim terminals.
Yesterday was her first day back to school. She wore her school’s “summer uniform” which, naturally, comes complete with matching cardigan. Lulu also reached for a white scarf with dragonflies on it. She wrapped three times around her neck. She was ready to go and she was happy – no matter what the weather.
After I dropped her off, I zipped over to the shopping center for a few items before getting to work. I noticed other ladies at the shops were also wearing brightly colored scarves. And sleeveless shirts. And sandals.
It was if they were proclaiming, “The calendar still says it’s summer, no matter what the weather may feel like.”
This week Time magazine is listing 13 ways to be a better human being. It starts from within. From our attitude to our work, our family, even the weather.
What are we proclaiming every day? Are we being determinedly optimistic or are we constantly complaining?
Who is listening to us? What opinions are they forming?
It’s up to you, isn’t it? I say,
Grab a proverbial scarf and keep going!
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