In my ongoing quest for self-improvement, I decided a few years ago that I should stop complaining about the weather, and even to go beyond not complaining to accepting the weather, as in having "the serenity to accept the things I cannot change". The weather this winter has been a challenge, but as I was clearing snow off a car last week I found my miserable thoughts interupted by the thought that among the millions of tiny snowflakes I was sweeping onto the driveway, no two were the same. It made me sort of like the snow.
I've waited this long to blog this because I don't want to annoy the other bloggers with my Pollyanna I'm not complaining about winter attitude.
But don't worry, just because I'm not complaining here, doesn't mean I don't have complaints. It's just they're mostly about things I can change and if I blogged them, you'd say, well, duh, stop blogging and do something.
In Finland, they have an expression for when a bunch of people are complaining, valituskuoro or "complaints choir". Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen got the brilliant idea of creating a real complaints choir. They did it first in Birmingham. They came up with a stirring complaint song, but I'm giving you the song from the second Complaints Choir in Helsinki because it is magnificent:
If you want more complaints, but without singing, I suggest you go to this site.
If you want more choir singing, check out this church choir in the village of Zolokere, Malawi:
Or you could try:
- South Africa's Holy Cross Choir singing Mthandazo wase Africa (Pray for Africa)
- A church choir in Namibe, Angola, Africa
- The church choir of Nlog, in Bakossi, West Cameroon
- Namibian Youth Choir
I don't know what the words mean to the songs from the African choirs, but I do not believe they are complaints. Of course, most or all of the singers never experienced February in Canada.