Since this blog started in 2014, I have referenced “perceptions” a number of times and it has always been in the context of how we see our world. This really shouldn’t surprise anybody because we all want to have some comfort level/acceptance in our world, and for us to get to that level, we have to know the culture of our world.
Our upbringing, together with our life experiences, will create a picture of how our culture is defined, which will result in a type of “road map” for us to work with. Of course how we see our world today, could well be very different from how we see it next week … depending on what happens to us over the period in between!
On a total change of direction, I have also mentioned the fact that we all have choices. We have choices about pretty much anything in our life. In the circumstances where a certain event is out of our control, we still have choices. We can choose to accept whatever is happening, or we can choose to reject whatever is happening.
If I find a $20.00 bill in the snow today, I can choose to be happy about finding a $20.00 bill, or I can choose to complain that it wasn’t a $50.00 bill! When faced with a particular dilemma, we can choose to do something, or choose to do nothing. Our choices will always generate a response and, because they were our choices, we must accept responsibility for whatever follows.
The last few days have given us various snow falls which has prompted some interesting comments. The first storm left us with around 4″ of snow on the ground, with more forecast a few days later. I find it much easier to shovel 4″ of snow twice, that it is to shovel 8″ of snow once, especially if (as in our situation) there is a freezing rain possibility involved. Being right on Lake Ontario, we also get a condition called “lake effect snow” so the forecast was looking interesting!
I was chatting at one point with a neighbor, and they noticed that Carol was shoveling, which prompted the question as to why she was doing that. I explained that she sees it as exercise, and really has no problem helping out with shoveling as necessary. That rationale was apparently lost as there was no reaction, and the subject of conversation was immediately changed.
Yesterday, and last night, gave us another 6″+ (with wind causing drifts). I was out all of this morning doing what was necessary on our property, and then worked on our neighbor’s property (health issues currently prevent them doing too much). The neighbor was really appreciative, but gave me a kind of blank look when I explained that I really enjoyed doing it.
This takes us back to perceptions and choices. It is my perception that people will generally welcome a helping hand as necessary, and it is my choice to treat people the way I would like to be treated … which works very well in these circumstances.
There are many parts of Canada (and the world) that get much more severe winters than us however, ours can still get quite challenging. It would seem to me that I have choices regarding our winters. I can complain about them, or I can embrace them. I can love that aspect of Canada, or I can find somewhere else to live. It’s all choices.
Given that I have no control over the weather, but do have control over me … I choose to embrace our winters. I choose to help out our neighbors as/when necessary, and I choose to hand shovel snow (rather than invest in a snow blower) because it really is exercise!
I love my choices, and my perception of our world. Nothing is perfect, but it is still pretty good!