Keeping things in perspective
There are people worse off than you.
My stoical tolerance is turning to irritated frustration in recent days. Rain, floods, more rain, more floods. If half the world was wondering where the rain has gone as they suffer ongoing drought, I would like to let you know it is on holiday in Britain.
It is becoming a frequent sight to see images on Twitter of ducks or swans floating down the high street of a flooded town or village in the UK. Rain on a given day is starting to become a normal day, as opposed to clear blue skies. It is relentless, heavy rain all day, followed if lucky by one non-rain day, followed by more rain. Britain is under siege from water, we are drowning in the stuff. India eat your heart out, we can soon claim to have our own Monsoon season – all year round.
This constant rain is starting to impact into my business, which is why I am getting annoyed. This is the moment when I need to put things into perspective. Down in Cornwall, to the west of Britain, a pub called the Ship has metaphorically sunk as a business, for the business owner has been flooded a record twelve times in four months, he has quit trading. Around Britain rivers have burst their banks, destroying homes, and taking lives. Around the rest of the world, weather has done far worse, devastating entire communities through drought and storm.
It is at moments of personal distress, one should take an objective assessment that circumstances can be far worse for others than for the self, and then do the best you can to adapt to changing situations. This is what I am being forced to do.