Saturday, January 09, 2010

Sunny and -18F

I just thought it was worth blogging about.  Right now at this moment in St. Cloud, MN, it is sunny (beautiful!!) and -18F (-28C).  Right now at this moment at the South Pole Station in Antarctica, it is -18F (-28C).  Unbelievable!!  We have it a little better than they do, though, their windchill makes it feel like -36F.  We have had some pretty cold windchills the past few days, but currently there's not a lot of wind blowing.  It's actually much colder up in northern Alaska at the moment, but I did find this Fox News article, Think Antarctica is Cold? Try America, amusing and a little ironic.  I know that everyone in America is feeling cold and having bad weather, and it's all about perspective, isn't it?  Antarctica will never be much warmer than a few degrees above 0F.  This is their summer, and this is as good as it gets.  For us, our unseasonably cold temperatures will be gone soon.  Everyone will be feeling a little relief.  Over the next 30 hours, our temperatures will climb almost 40 degrees to be 20F, which is a little more like normal.  The next week looks good and warm.'s all about perspective!!  

Life is like that.  One of my favorite quotes about life and attitude was made by Chuck Swindoll. Our YFU exchange students in the area are at an orientation today, and this may be one of the breakout sessions they do to talk about attitudes.  The quote goes like this:
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude ... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our Attitudes.
Thankfully, we get to enjoy the sunshine from inside our home where it is a balmy 70F and our kids can dress as if it were summer time. Or not dress at all. Nice, isn't it?


1 comment:

  1. Here in Houston, it's in the 20's, and people are freaking out SO MUCH that everyone is CRANKING the heat and ironically, everywhere I go, I am unbearably hot.
    Perspective indeed.