Opinion

The parallel forces of snow and spam

We have a little cold snap and suddenly it’s the end of the world once more. There will be a run on snow shovels before the first flakes fly. The reaction might be over already, but it’s certainly more of a typical reaction than an overreaction.

Winter has been a little late arriving this year. Check that, it hasn’t even technically arrived yet, but people are getting upset in places like ski areas in Colorado which haven’t received much if any snow during November.

Yes, we can make snow, but that costs money.

There’s nothing like good old-fashioned snow that falls from the sky. But give it some time, folks, it’ll happen and more than likely before December 21st.

Why all the concern and obsession?

We expect something to happen and then when it doesn’t we look for experts to tell us why it didn’t happen yet.

We’re just too impatient if you ask me.

We’re impatient about snow falling.

We’re impatient about web pages loading.

We’re impatient about the most trivial things because we feel it is our God-given right to receive most everything in a timely fashion.

Sometimes, though, even Amazon stutters when it comes to on time delivery of online orders.

When this blog started, people came to expect me cranking out stories daily or every other day, but that wasn’t reality. What I’ve settled into is posting on average once a week.

Seems like I’ve slowed down, but I’m just not trying to force things to happen–writing or otherwise,

Some would say I should have better quality writing if I’m not just spitting out my takes on other people’s takes in rapid fire succession.

I don’t like to be critical, so I don’t consider myself a critic.

And I’ve come to find more patience (and tolerance) for things as the years have passed.

Familiarity has a lot to do with why people get upset when the snow doesn’t fly by the last weekend in September in Boulder, CO.

We look to the meteorologists for comfort, but end up getting a lecture on the climate change that man’s destructive ways have wrought upon the earth.

Nobody would ever care about the snow falling or needing to run your air conditioner in Louisville, KY on the evening of December 4th, if we all tried to take things as they come.

That’s what I’d like to write about–the person who can take what life brings them and turn it into something less than impatience and orneriness.

An example to follow in real life regarding acceptance would be to apply how we feel (and do) about something as ubiquitous as spam to something as ridiculously problematic as a perceived lack of snow. And no, I’m not talking about the lunch meat. I’m speaking, of course, about the junk mail we receive each and every day.

We just let it drop down into the Bulk Mail or Junk Mail or Spam Mail folders we have in our various mail clients and give it nary a second thought. We don’t care how bulging those folders become. When we’re long, long gone, those junk emails with phishing scams will keep dropping down into those bulk mail folders.

Just like the snow falling essentially, eternally and down to the ground, on its own schedule and in the places it’s supposed to fall.

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