The weather can change quickly — just like life

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Winter Storm Jonas lived up to expectations.

Wow — what a week.

We went from great spring weather to a snowstorm within a matter of hours. I was on the road late Monday night, and it was miserable.

Snow, rain, and ice wreaking havoc on the area. I cannot recall the last time that the weather changed so quickly.

I have to admit that I was caught somewhat off guard. I knew it was going to snow but did not prepare myself for the change, unlike last year.

You will recall that last year we experienced the blizzard of 2016. The storm lived up to the hype, dumping over a foot of snow.

Bad weather makes us slow down

Three life lessons come to mind when I think about how a storm affects us.

First, we have to slow down. No need to rush in a snowstorm.

The roads are slick, and it is dangerous to drive too fast. If you do not slow down, you will end up in a ditch. The roads on Monday were rather dicey, and I was not sure I would make it home unless I took my time.

In life, sometimes slowing down is the right thing to do.

We tend to rush through life without paying much attention to what is going on around us. If you are not careful, you may end up in a dangerous situation.

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Riley, Gavin and Ruger in a snowstorm.

We stick to the basics and prioritize

Second, the storm forces us to prioritize our needs.

Everyone flocks to the stores for supplies to stock up before the storm hits.

Notice that we buy what we need like milk, bread, beer and toilet paper.

This lesson is helpful when thinking about how to spend your money and your time. Both are limited resources.

Don’t waste them on things that are not important. You will regret it.

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Gavin and Riley after the blizzard.

We change our plans

Third, the storm teaches us to be flexible.

Think about all the plans that had to change.

Thousands of flights were canceled, stores and schools closed, and we all had to hunker down during the blizzard.

Being flexible is critical because you cannot control the weather at all.

You may experience a similar situation at some point in your life. It will change in ways you do not anticipate and you will need to be flexible to deal with it. There is no other way around it.

Hopefully, Spring is here, and we will not have any more weather surprises…but you never know.


I write a blog for my sons called Doug Keating Letter to Sons. I am sharing relevant content from my blog here. I hope you enjoyed it. All feedback is welcome. Thanks for reading it.

Originally published at on March 19, 2017.

Leader and learner. Father of two young men. Novice blogger,, Founder of All The Way Leadership!

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