Yesterday Eileen and I got caught up in a series of thunderstorms that drenched York.
We were among the smart(er) tourists. Having checked the weather forecast in the morning, we were well prepared, with our pac-a-macs and an umbrella tucked safely into my backpack.
It was easy to spot those who had not been so well organised. They were the ones in sopping wet t-shirts, huddled in doorways, shivering and looking forlornly at the black skies.
Even with our anti-soaking gear working overtime, the rain was so tumultuous that we took shelter in a range of shops during the very worst downpours. When the last of the thunderstorms had abated, we made our way back to the holiday accommodation.
The streets of York were subject to localised flooding, so we took to the high ground, walking along the Town’s walls. It was from here we saw one of the main pathways under a good six inches of water. Pedestrians were using various techniques to navigate around this. Some wandered into the road, others used a low wall that ran alongside part of the path, like a tightrope to circumnavigate the mini-lake, and one guy just gave up on any Plan B and just waded through in his suit and good shoes (he’ll have regretted that decision this morning).
One local resident, though, had no worries at all. A solitary goose meandered into the flooded area, wondered what the fuss was about, and then had a bit of a swim before nonchalantly, almost disdainfully, continuing on his/her way.
In a nutshell, we had observed an example of how a change of circumstances can impact on us in different ways. Those who think today will be like yesterday (and get soaked), others who consider the risks head and have a Plan B (like us in the pac-a-mac brigade), some who, when their way forward is blocked, look for alternatives to giving up (balancing on the wall was safer than diving traffic, though), and then the one who carries on regardless of the consequences (but ends up with ruined shoes).
Of course, there was that final character, the goose, who saw no ‘problem’. This was just another day at the office.
I think, depending on what life throws at us, this is how we may react to adversity. The better prepared we are, the more likely we get through relatively unscathed. Or maybe we just need to be the goose, and ask “Problem? What problem?”