As young children in school, many of us learn about the four seasons. We learn that in temperate climates, there are distinct seasons of the year, and each one has a special purpose and characteristics. We understand that certain things must happen at particular times of the year, in order to make way for other things to happen later in the year. So I guess you could say in terms of climatic seasons, there really would be no spring without winter. If nothing ever died, or hibernated, or froze, there would be no need for rebirth, regrowth and warming.
I often wonder what it is like to live in a tropical climate, or a place that doesn't have a winter season? Is everything just constantly in bloom and flourishing? And if this is the case, do these people know how good they have it?! Is every plant, animal and human just bursting at the seams with happiness?!
In a more figurative manner I wonder, if you never experience bad 'weather' in your life - bad times, tragedies, heartbreak, etc - do you appreciate the goodness you have as much? If it were summer every day, I wonder if I would start to take it for granted? I know when we are in the midst of summer, and every day the weather is gorgeous and beautiful, I start to do just that. It's only when we have a rainy day or when I'm smack dab in the middle of a dark grey winter that I realize just how beautiful summer is.
And so I ask, do we always need a comparison to realize how good we have it? Do we sometimes only know what goodness we have once it's gone? Sadly, I think I do, and I wish that wasn't the case. I think there are probably highly enlightened people out there who, when they are in the midst of some really good weather, give gratitude for it and realize just how lucky they are, without needing any reminders or comparisons.
But on the same token, do you think experiencing bad weather, climate-wise or life-wise, makes you appreciate the sunny weather even more? I do think so. I think when you're at rock bottom (as we just may be this winter!) and you make it to the top - whatever that may be for you and your situation - you see it with very different eyes, than someone who has been there all along, even if that person is truly grateful for all that they have.
But alas, these are questions I really do not have answers for, provoked by what has seemed like the longest, coldest winter ever. I we will all be dancing like maniacs in the street when spring finally rolls around. I imagine it will feel like we are seeing the season with new eyes - every new blossom and ray of sunshine we feel on our face may just feel like the first one ever. And for that wonderful gift, we can thank this crazy winter. I think I've just found the silver lining...
What do you think?
Would you know and appreciate your good weather, if you never experienced any bad?
If you live in California or the tropics, please chime in! (And also let me know if you need a new roomie!)