Why Shoveling Is FUN!

๐Ÿ˜„ ๐’๐‡๐Ž๐•๐„๐‹๐ˆ๐๐† ๐ˆ๐’ ๐…๐”๐!!! ๐Ÿ˜„

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ…๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ. โค๏ธ

Last Sunday we had a blizzard in Chicago. As the inches piled up and the storm raged on, I decided to bundle myself up, step outside, and shovel the driveway. ๐ŸŒจ๏ธ

But in doing so I could hear that little voice in my head which was saying:

๐Ÿ—ฃ โ€œ๐˜‹๐˜–๐˜•๐˜ˆ๐˜“๐˜‹, ๐˜›๐˜๐˜๐˜š ๐˜๐˜š ๐˜—๐˜–๐˜๐˜•๐˜›๐˜“๐˜Œ๐˜š๐˜š!โ€ ๐Ÿ—ฃ

To be fair, this voice had a point! Why? Because the townhouse association I live under already provides snow plowers to do everyoneโ€™s driveways! ๐Ÿ˜…

In other words, I had no reason to step outside my warm, cozy home and out into the freezing cold to perform a job which was already going to be done for me! ๐Ÿคฃ

And yet…I did have a reason! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Have you ever done something you felt really proud of, yet in the eyes of others it could easily be seen as โ€œ๐˜—๐˜–๐˜๐˜•๐˜›๐˜“๐˜Œ๐˜š๐˜šโ€?

๐Ÿ“Œ You run a marathon…yet you NEVER need to run 26 miles in your life!

๐Ÿ“Œ You play a sport…yet you NEVER need to place yourself in harm’s way for bodily injuries!

๐Ÿ“Œ You learn a new skill…yet you NEVER need to learn one because you can always hire someone with the same skill!

Are we just masochists?! Do we just enjoy experiencing discomfort for the sake of it?! ๐Ÿ˜…

Not quite! ๐Ÿ›‘

I doubt most people would say they do it primarily for the pain. I know I donโ€™t! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ! ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ!

When I stepped outside last Sunday, I knew what I was getting myself into!

๐Ÿฅถ I KNEW the snow would blanket my face!

๐Ÿฅถ I KNEW the cold air would leak under my gloves!

๐Ÿฅถ I KNEW I would be sweating from shoveling!

๐Ÿฅถ I KNEW my muscles would be aching!

And yet…I still enjoyed it!

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ง! ๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ! โœŠ

๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐, ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ, ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ž๐! ๐Ÿ™Œ

In other words:

๐Ÿ“ You donโ€™t run a marathon just to exhaust your muscles. You also do it to see what your body is capable of.

๐Ÿ“ You donโ€™t play a sport just to risk bodily injuries. You also do it to see how you compete against other players.

๐Ÿ“ You donโ€™t learn a skill just to learn it. You also do it to see what else your brain doesn’t know about the world.

๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ -๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ž๐”๐“๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐„, ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ ๐๐€๐ˆ๐!

As I was shoveling, I got so much into the flow of doing it I even shoveled the sidewalks too!

Again, there were plows for that too, but I didnโ€™t care! ๐Ÿ˜

There’s an ancient Greek proverb which echoed in my mind as I kept shoveling: “๐˜ˆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ.” ๐Ÿ™Œ

And once everything was done, I got to fully feel the fruits of my labor! โค๏ธ

๐๐‘๐Ž๐”๐ƒ! ๐Ÿ’ช

๐€๐‚๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐๐‹๐ˆ๐’๐‡๐„๐ƒ! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

๐€ ๐‰๐Ž๐ ๐–๐„๐‹๐‹ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐๐„! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

“๐Œ๐˜ ๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐Œ๐”๐๐ˆ๐“๐˜ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐’๐€๐•๐„๐ƒ!” ๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ

“๐“๐‡๐„ ๐ƒ๐‘๐€๐†๐Ž๐ ๐‡๐€๐’ ๐๐„๐„๐ ๐’๐‹๐€๐˜๐„๐ƒ!” ๐Ÿ‰

If I can make a task as “mundane” as shoveling a meaningful experience, I have to ask: what are YOU capable of making meaningful in your life? โค๏ธ

What dragons can you create to slay? What missions can you accept to accomplish? What hero’s journey can you undertake in your own backyard? โš”๏ธ

Because when you don’t have any, I encourage you to create some! The Stoic philosopher Epictetus had a point โฌ‡๏ธ:

“๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข, ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ณ – ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง? ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด? ๐Ÿค”

๐˜–๐˜ฃ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ. ๐˜š๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜น๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด.” ๐Ÿ˜”

And that’s why I shoveled! It had nothing to do with the plowers! It had everything to do with creating a meaningful life. ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ…๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ. โค๏ธ

Make life fun, even when there’s no reason to! But just don’t forget that making it fun is YOUR responsibility! ๐Ÿ˜„

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