Don’t be like a weather forecast


See that weather graphic to the right? It’s the symbol you see on a weather forecast when there is even the slightest chance of thunderstorms or rain. I have seen this symbol even when the chance of storms is only 10%. Does that graphic look like it’s saying “10% chance of storms?” No. It looks like a definite chance of storms.

What’s even worse is that graphic is used even when there’s only a 10% chance of storms during a one hour period of the day! So we’re led to believe the entire day could be rainy/stormy when really, even if it does storm, it might be for 15 minutes!

I know people who cancel outdoor plans when they see weather graphics like this. They assume it will rain. Then the day comes and goes and all you hear is “I thought it was supposed to rain today!”

Wouldn’t you rather hear forecasts like, “There’s a 90% chance it will be perfectly sunny today!” How would that brighten the outlook for your day? It would be even better if the graphics for those 90% chance of a sunny day had the sun taking up 90% of the image instead of less than half.

I like to take this attitude on life — there’s usually a great chance everything will turn out okay. Why let the slight chance of something bad happening overwhelm you like that storm overwhelms the sun on that weather graphic? Even if it’s bad, it’s not bad 100% of the time. Bad comes and goes. You deal with it like you might deal with a brief thunderstorm — run for cover until it passes.

Do you really want to live your life worrying about “storms” only to reach the end, look back, and say to yourself, “I thought it was going to be worse than that…”?

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One Response to Don’t be like a weather forecast

  1. Shona says:

    Good philosophy!

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