I completely hate wind.
I mean, I despise it.
It ticks me off unreasonably.
Like true anger.
I have been known to literally curse it aloud.
I find it to be God's practical joke: You cannot see it coming and it smacks you in the face. I picture Him around a corner, covering his mouth, shoulders shaking as he laughs and points at me with a grin.
But I cannot control it.
There is not a darn thing I can do about this frustration and so I have to accept it and laugh along with God and Mother Earth at their little prank.
I mention this because, well, it's horribly windy today of course, but also because I connect this with a life lesson. There are so many things that are really annoyances but can cause unreasonable anger in me. (Testing, eye rolling, lying, political debates, looking for lost items, etc, etc) You too? I'm guessing so. Sometimes I lose my patience and curse (figuratively or literally) about them too.
But guess what?
You guessed it! It is still there.
And there is nothing I can do about it so I have to accept it and move on. Of course this does not mean I need to LIKE it, nor do I have to succumb to the suffering it causes but I am surely not doing myself any good to keep getting angry about it.
I'm not sure if this will resonate with any of you, but if you are interested, there is an app called CALM you can download on your phone or desktop that has 10 minute meditations to help you find - well - CALM in your life. It is free for educators and schools and even has an On-Boarding package to possibly share with your students. Go here or write me if you want any more information on it.
Meanwhile, enjoy a good chuckle when you see me walking in the parking lot today. I will be angry but I won't be offended: The Universe is getting a good laugh too!
I am a high school teacher in Wheatfield, Indiana, trying to reach out to my kids in a way that works for them.