When these "cold weather days" roll in, I'm always reminded of what a narrow band of tolerance/comfort we as humans are capable withstanding. (Full disclosure: I don't say this to be condescending; I'm a clear example of this). Think about it...despite the fact that water freezes at 32 degrees, and zero degrees is considered "really really really cold", there's another −460°F technically possible before absolute zero. In the other direction, it's "really really really hot" at 100°F yet water boils are 212°F, and the temperature can/does rise exponentially from there in nature. We enjoy the "warm weather" at 50°F, complain about the chill at 30°F, complain about the heat at 80°F, and complain about the rain when its 72°F. Was this morning cold? Absolutely...but it's only a few degrees away from "a beautiful day outside" in the grand scheme.
Of course this weather concept, while a fact, is likely more of an extended metaphor for life in general. Most people have a wonderful day if they get to sleep in an extra twenty minutes but a lousy one if they're awakened at 5:00am instead of 5:10am. Customers complain when the price of coffee rises and nickel, and gasoline prices makes national news almost weekly when they shift more than twenty cents/gallon (leading to perhaps an extra dollar or two per fill). The Steelers are now "toast" this coming week because two players are injured while last week they were poised to win the Super Bowl (which isn't so much a reflection on the greatness of the missing players, but a commentary on how the line between winning/losing in professional sports is extremely slight). While there are great people out there with wide comfort margins, most of us have very small flexibility in what's "acceptable" vs what's "ridiculous". Nothing like a little chilly weather to make us all think about the small tweaks we're willing to accept.
Is there a lesson here? Probably not; this is certainly nothing that anyone can (or even wants) to change anytime soon. Still, sometimes a little self-awareness can be all that it takes.