What the season is, the weather it brings, and how a person feels about it are all variable. They change as the months, days, and even seconds pass. And they are all defined and influenced by individual or multiple someones and somethings. It is spring where I am right now. My location, my culture, and scientists have determined that. It is mostly sunny with a light breeze and a temperature of 30°C. Mother Nature and other powers greater than us have dictated that, for now at least. Those are the facts. What are the feelings about them? Well that’s subject to the attitude, terms of reference, and perceptions of who you ask.
I am content with them. My friend who co-owns a coffee bistro with a patio is likely happy. His patrons enjoy sitting outside while having their cup’o’joe or a soft-serve ice cream. My neighbour, on the other hand, might not be so thrilled. She could be thinking her garden is too dry and doing a rain dance of sorts in her living room right now. Same season and same weather for all three of us. They are facts and none of us can change them. But we can change how we feel about, respond to, and act upon them.
The Four Seasons did it. Previously known as The Four Lovers, The Four Seasons Partnership (their full legal name) was formed in 1960 after the band flunked out at an audition for a lounge at a bowling alley. That bowling alley was called The Four Seasons. They adopted its name as a way of making the best of the situation, taking something positive away from what could be considered as a failure. A handshake in the parking lot between the two lead members, Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, confirmed the change. Their circumstances that day didn’t change, they still didn’t get the gig. But things within their control did change – their name, their outlook, and how their future would unfold.
The Four Seasons went on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. I was there last month and enjoyed seeing some of their memorabilia. 55 years later, although the faces and names of individual members have changed, the band is still touring and internationally no less. And it all started with the change of just one word in how they called themselves.
In response to today’s Daily Prompt, yes the seasons do change so quickly and the weather that they bring can too. I am liking it being a sunny and warm spring day today. My thoughts and feelings about summer arriving soon are positive and I do look forward to the beach days it will bring. Winter? Well, I can’t say I’m looking forward to it but I am curious to see if I too can change what it is in my control (read: my attitude) when the facts of it being a -30°C, overcast, snowy day are not.
“There ain’t no danger we can go too far,
we start believing now that we can be who we are”
Grease by The Four Seasons
Photo source: gilgweb.com, Four Seasons Fan site