I have welcomed and embraced the recent cooler weather here in tropical Queensland; summer heat and humidity seem to start earlier and last longer and, around January each year, I find myself longing for the cool, bright and breezy days of autumn and winter or dreaming of living in a mountain village somewhere. It may be something to do with living in England until my late 30s and therefore talking about the various weather conditions … a lot … an easy and non-confronting topic that slipped easily into casual conversation, but I find the cooler temperatures also refresh my view of life.
So, it was interesting when, during a recent practitioner catch up zoom session, the facilitator asked us all about how the weather had been for us. Turned out that he didn’t mean literally but metaphorically, and it was wonderful to hear everyone describe their recent experiences, whether business related or personal, through the language of weather. My res ponsewas along the lines of “there was some low-lying fog earlier in the week and I found myself somewhat lost; I couldn’t see the way ahead and took a couple of wrong paths. Then, as the sun gradually came out and the fog lifted the clarity returned and I was able find my way again.”. Metaphors can be very powerful, and I have found using them more with my clients has been helpful and enlightening from both sides.
Back to the real weather … what I realise is that during the hotter and more humid months in Queensland I feel a physical heaviness and mental lethargy creeping in. I feel uncomfortable in pretty much anything I wear and even the lightest physical activity has me sweaty and irritable, mind you I’m also at that awkward age having a very unreliable internal thermostat which certainly doesn’t help. I find everything an effort and seek shade and aircon wherever possible which offers some temporary relief.
On the other hand, when the temperatures drop, I feel physically lighter, mentally alert and keen to get active. It’s ridiculous really that we allow the weather to affect us like this, but it does, certainly me but possibly you too. I acknowledge that it may be the opposite for you; some thrive in the heat and humidity and slow down to semi-hibernation in winter, a bit like our tortoise Charlie used to until he discovered the central heating in our house and then never hibernated at all!
Nick certainly loves the warmer weather and gets more active at that time, leaving all the biggest, sweatiest jobs until it’s the hottest and steamiest day of the year, every year or so it seems. All this despite my annual pleas to do them in the cooler weather when I’m happy to be active and help as opposed the grumpy, (inwardly) complaining, beetroot-faced labourer version of me that he gets in summer! To be fair, he also enjoys the cooler weather … to a point!
You may wonder why I don’t move or get over it; it’s just weather, it is what it is, you can’t change it and as the saying goes ‘change you, change the situation or change out’. Yes, I know, and I’m embellishing it for entertainment purposes; but my overall point is that the cool, bright, fresh weather brings a shift in me, one I would now describe as a lightness of being. My humour improves, I find joy in more things, I’m more sociable, less serious and feel physically and mentally lighter and uplifted and sense that I bring that to others too, well more than usual perhaps.
I’m now working on maintaining this lightness of being all the time, whatever the weather and, yes, aircon will no doubt help at times! Look out!