It is snowing beautifully right now. Here in the mountains of Montana the start of spring is more of a loose guideline rather than a hard fact. In general, our seasons of both fall and spring are somewhat short. We have a beautiful summer which lasts about 2 months and then a long winter. And we have a saying here in Montana: If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes.
While the official start of spring was March 21st it does not dictate our weather here in Montana. While warm sunny days will start appearing with the start of spring it does not mean the sudden end to wintery weather. But despite the fact that snow is very normal spring mountain weather for us well into April and even May and despite the fact that many people have lived here for handfuls of years and experienced this, still there is a large consensus of folks that think the first sunny day after the start of spring marks the end of all winter weather and they are hopeful it will remain sunny and warm until fall begins in September. Which is completely an unrealistic way of thinking.
How is it, as rationale human beings, that we can so unfathomably put stock in ideas that are completely ridiculous? Here we are, hearty Montanans, living in the Rocky Mountains at 3,500 feet above sea level, having had experienced a multitude of springtimes and still every year we hold out hope for winter to be over and done with on March 21st.
To me this is a good example of how we, as a collective society, cause ourselves to suffer by attaching to expectations that are, as it turns out, made up of, well….nothing! Our expectations of how we think things should be are often comprised of hollow, groundless thoughts. What we expect to happen in life is not generally based on our actual experience of life!
In my cultivation of a mindfulness practice I have begun to understand the teaching of letting go. Letting go of expectations of how we think life “should” be opens the door for being able to embrace life just as it is. Winter weather after March 21st and all!