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My forecast for your life: Bad stuff. Do you want the details?

I have a brother who has a thankless job.

He’s a severe weather warning meteorologist, covering southern Ontario in Canada.

Whenever there is severe weather, be it expected or unexpected, I can find him in the news. He’ll get interviewed and quoted by journalists (most recently, at time of writing, here).

Tornadoes, lightning strikes, blizzards, hurricanes . . . . . for all of them, he’s the face of Environment Canada’s weather forecasting service.

Get the forecast right, and he doesn’t get thanked, he’s just doing his job. Get it wrong . . . . . and he gets it in the neck.

What peeves me about this most recent blizzard event in New England is not that the forecasters got it wrong. They didn’t. They predicted a blizzard, and there was one. It just wasn’t as severe (in New York City, at least) as their mathematical models and scientific judgement predicted.

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They Shouldn’t Teach You This in School

Here’s a cool site: They Don’t Teach You This in School. Articles and short videos by people, some famous, some not, each expressing what they wish they had learned a lot earlier. All of them very inspiring and motivational.

It’s a site created by a 17-year-old. Mighty impressive. I wonder what he’ll post on it in 30 years’ time?

Can’t help but wonder, though, if there should be a sister site, They Shouldn’t Teach You This in School?

It should include the following:

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Five Suggestions for Happiness!

I got to musing this week about the Five Rules for Happiness that I posted a while ago. It occurred to me that, while admirable, they are very general platitudes, and therefore easy to argue away.

So I thought I’d make them a little more specific, to make it easier to identify when I have (or haven’t) applied them.

An appropriate thing to do on the eve of a New Year.

1. Seek to develop a relationship with someone you would ordinarily avoid. What kind or person makes you uncomfortable or fidgety? For no rational reason? This year, identify someone with those characteristics, and go out of your way to find out how they think, what makes them tick, why they do what they do. You will surely gain an education, and possibly even a new friend.

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The Five Rules for Happiness

OK, these are not my invention. I’m not even sure who came up with them. I got them from my brother’s colleague, but I don’t think he penned them. (If you do know their origin, please post a comment; I’d like to give credit where credit is due.)  All I know is, these rules are good, and they are true. Here they are:

  1. Free your heart from hatred.
  2. Free your mind from worry.
  3. Live simply.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less.

What’s cool about these “rules” is they will work for anyone, any faith (or none), any nationality or language. Ican’t think of anyone whose life wouldn’t be better off without these.

I hope they are a help to you today.