Every time it snows, my wife and I have the same two reactions. I complain about the hazards of driving and the hassles of shoveling and the expense of plowing at Saint David’s. She loves the beauty of the snow and the opportunity to ski and/or snow-shoe.
My reaction is considerably less attractive than my wife’s! Nobody wants to hear me complain about the inconveniences that we all share. Lots of people enjoy hearing a celebration of the goodness of God’s creation.
This reminds me, once again, of the importance of our perspective. There is a lot that we cannot change about our world. The fact is, my reaction to the snow is not inaccurate. But we can change—to some degree—how we look at it. Some of us seem to take a perverse pleasure in seeing the bad. On snow, this is my own tendency. Others clearly look for the good, even in the difficult times.
Whenever we discuss a challenge in my life, my spiritual director asks me, “What is God’s invitation to you in that?” What a perspective-altering question! He pushes me to see the hand of God at work in the world around me, even—maybe especially—in the places where God’s hand is hard to see. Yesterday my wife was a lot better at this than I was! May I do better today!