Lately I’ve been finding myself getting really annoyed at people who complain. Right now the most complaining that I’m experiencing from other people is about the weather. The weather isn’t the way they want or expect and it feels like everybody I come across is complaining about it. And it’s pissing me off!
I know, that’s not very Zen of me, is it? You’re right. And I’m struggling with that. I am consciously trying to have peace within, be grateful for what-is, see the beauty in everything and generally get closer to Source. And when I hear these petty complaints I just want to shake them. Don’t you see how amazing everything is? Don’t you see how stupid it is to complain about the freaking weather? And then I just have to laugh at myself.
I’ve been holding my tongue. So far, I’ve made it through the complaints without telling anyone off or explaining to them how “wrong” they are for feeling like crap about the weather. And I’m grateful for that level of self-restraint. Wouldn’t I just be complaining about those complainers if I spoke up? After all the phenomenon of complaining about the weather is just as systematic as the weather itself. Only with not nearly as much organized intelligence as the climate possesses.
To seek an answer to my issue I went within. I meditated and asked myself, by way of one of my inner guides, how can I deal with this annoyance towards the weather complainers? The answer came quickly: Forgive them, for they know not what they do.
That’s a quote from Jesus, but it’s one of those universal truths. We humans rarely know what we’re doing.
And it felt very true for me and for this situation at hand. Forgive them. On a day in mid-summer when the rain falls and gives life to the trees, grass, flowers and ourselves, the beaches empty as the clouds protect us from the intensity of the sun and the people get mad that their leisure time is ruined, forgive them. They don’t see what’s great about this day. All they see is loss. A loss of summer. A loss of sunshine. But, there is no such thing as loss. And the sun does not owe us anything. In times of drought they will be praying for a rainy summer. Forgive them, for they know not what they do.
That’s my answer. Forgiveness. And truly, it’s the answer to everything, but for today I need an answer to how to deal with those annoying complainers. I can do that. They’re still learning about completeness and the truth about loss. We can’t lose our summer to the rain. And it’s okay that people can’t see that. I forgive them. And I pray for peace within their hearts. That’s what we all want in the end isn’t it? Peace in our hearts.
Here, I’ll go first.