Finland experiences a very harsh winter. Many years back when I visited Finland in the peak of winter season, I asked one of my Finnish colleagues, “It must be very hard for you to endure the harsh winter and snow all around just like we in India endure harsh summer season.”
He replied, “In fact, my kids wait for winter and snow so that they can go skiing and do ice fishing on the frozen lakes.”
I quickly realized that I underestimated human ability to choose an attitude. I understood that
the season outside does not matter as long you carry your own spring within.
Don’t we all see people who are grumpy even when weather is pleasant and ones who are pleasant even when weather is grumpy?
The nights and days may be gray but if there is joy inside, if there is hope that snow whirling from sky will eventually give way to sunshine and blossom, any season is a good season.
From that day onwards, I gave up cribbing about the weather, for I know that I and we carry our seasons along.
I am reminded of a 100 word story that I wrote in 2013.
A retired weatherman was once questioned by a friend, “What kind of weather is it going to be tomorrow?”
“The kind of weather I am going to love,” was the instant response with a gentle smile on his wrinkled face. “How do you know that it will be the weather you will love?” the friend was curious.
The weatherman went on to explain, “35 years in weather department has taught me just one thing: there is no bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. To make the most of everything that doesn’t go as planned is an attitude thing!”
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And here are some more pictures from that amazing trip to the land of frozen lakes.
Snow capped trees on the banks of a frozen Nasijaarvi lake, Varala Resort, Tampere, Finland.
Frozen Pyhajaarvi lake from the ridge of Pispala, Tampere, Finland.