Here are a couple of things I try to keep in mind when there is a heavy snow:
First, I take a deep breath, and try to relax. The weather is happening to everyone, and I’m not the only person who is having problems. When I can’t control a tough situation, I may want to take it out on other people. Getting steamed up might give me a warm feeling, but it’s a waste of energy unless I am running a sauna.
I don’t need to get mad at the snow plow drivers – they had to dig out to get to work, too, and may have been up all night clearing roads. There are many miles of roads, and everyone wants the roads they use cleared promptly. The plow may have blocked my driveway just when I got it shoveled, but where else can the snow go except to the sides? When the plow drivers get home, they will have to shovel the piles across their own driveways, too. I take a deep breath, and try to relax.
I may grumble, but I need to allow extra time for delays, so that I won’t get so upset by slow traffic. When there is heavy snow, it will take me a little longer to get dressed, longer to clear the snow off my car, and lots longer to get to work, to the grocery, or anywhere else. I take a deep breath, and calm down.
I know I can help the situation by having my car ready for winter. A lot of delays are caused by people whose tires can’t handle icy roads. And yes, some people will be very rude, but I don’t have to enter the contest for Worst Jerk of the Day. I take a deep breath, and ease up a little.
Some people probably have it easier than I do, and some people definitely have it harder. However difficult it seems to me, I’m not truly suffering. I may miss an appointment, or go without electricity for awhile, but I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and food to eat. That means I’m pretty lucky.
I can get back my feeling of power by helping somebody else. Road rage gets the news, but there are good stories, too. Neighbors clear their unplowed street so the oxygen truck can get through to a shut-in. A guy with a 4×4 and a tow chain helps people get cars out of snow banks. A kid on a snowmobile takes donated food to people who can’t get out. If I help someone, I actually start to enjoy myself, and then I realize I’m in control again.
I take a deep breath, and relax. What a great feeling!