This morning it was snowy and blustery when I looked outside. My first reaction was along the lines of, “Oh no, snow again, isn’t it time for spring and green grass already?” But then I thought about the frigid winter we had two years ago, when I posted this February photo of bushes covered in ice:

Ice on branches 

I’ve generally been trying to cultivate a habit of asking myself, when I feel like complaining about some trivial thing, “Compared to what?” The truth is, most of the stuff that we complain about is totally unimportant, and often it’s not even bad by comparison to the same thing at a different time!

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. So true! Thanks for the reminder!

  2. You’re welcome 🙂

  3. Hi Meg, I agree with you, most of our complains are for nothing important. This winter isn’t close to the one last year, I remember this time of the year we had piles of snow on the door way, nothing comparable to this year, so no complains from my side. Have a great weekend!

  4. Ohhh, Meg, I totally agree with you!! There is always someone/something with far worse circumstances! In the midst of it all … the perfect question to ask is “compared to what!”

    Thank you for sharing and linking to Nurturing Thursday!

    • Hi Becca, actually I had in mind my own past circumstances, as I can’t be certain of how other people might feel about theirs, so I try not to pass judgment. Though, maybe I ought to suspend judgment more when it comes to myself too — it’s possible that with too many such comparisons, I might give myself negative feelings about my past without realizing it!

      That would make an interesting post, wouldn’t it? 🙂

  5. With weather changes being what they are these days…I’m just thankful the sun still rises and sets…and the moon and stars still light up the skies at night. 🙂

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