Before the middle-aged man and his older than middle-aged buddy began digging out his car in our complex he looked over at me. "Could be worse for us. At least they didn't plow our cars in." Then we all shoveled enough to exit the parking lot for the first time since Saturday.
In Wal-Mart, where 89 employees had called in to say they couldn't make it, the lines at the few open check-outs hardly moved. "It could be worse," the man in front of me said. "The store shelves could have been empty. Looks like they had deliveries."
My neighbor who doesn't go to work so doesn't need to rescue her car nevertheless adopted the stoic mindset. "It could be worse. Cable could have gone off and I would have missed 'Downton Abbey' last night."
Will this be a permanent internal shift in how we see the world? A few more acts of god in 2013 could provide the answer to that.