leave the unpredictability to the weather

On December 1, 2010 I woke-up to one of those snowfalls that closes schools, causes driving headaches and creates a childish feeling in all of us.

The Brush

The Brush

The Backyard

The Backyard

The Branches

The Branches

It’s now December 13th, 2011. I’m going to be going for a run in an hour and I’m contemplating whether or not I should wear shorts.

Weather is unpredictable.

People who get paid to predict the weather often get it wrong.  Air pressure and weather patters ebb and flow, shift and sway. I remember being in England and experiencing all four seasons in one day. In fact, it was within 2-hour long run…

After that run I went to the Mill to meet a friend for lunch. We hadn’t seen one another in a long time and we began by talking about the weather.

Ironically, over the course of that two hour conversation, his personality also went through all four seasons.

He showed up bright in the face, excited to see me. Then he slowly grew tired and fell into a quiet state. For a long time he was cold, harsh and unresponsive. It wasn’t until we neared the end of the conversation that he began to show new life and excitement.

Being around weather and people that are unpredictable and unstable can be tiresome.

But let’s say we find a behaviourist and ask her to follow, study and predict your daily behaviour, what would she find?

Could she predict whether or not you would give money to the homeless guy outside of the LCBO?

Could she predict whether or not you would show up on-time at Cafe Novo?

Could she predict whether or not you would  check your iPhone during dinner?

Could she predict whether or not you would skip your exercise sessions?

Being predictable isn’t always a sign of monotony.

Often it is a sign of maturity and commitment. A sign that he has made a choice and decided to commit himself to that that choice.

Leave the unpredictability to the weather.

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2 Comments on “leave the unpredictability to the weather”

  1. estolte
    December 13, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Always appreciate your perspective, Michael. Thanks!

  2. December 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Thanks Eric. It’s good to be back in the fold.

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