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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Why EMBRACE Change!

Last year I was in Glasgow visiting the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It was such a beautiful museum, I spent nearly 3 hours looking at EVERY nook and cranny! ๐Ÿ˜

If you ever want to be reminded of how VAST our world and its history is, take a trip sometime to a museum! ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ

At one point, I had entered the section with an ENTIRE wall dedicated to Charles Darwin and his Theory of Evolution! ๐Ÿฆท

Before Darwin, our world had a much MORE simplified explanation as to how our world’s inhabitants came to be. ๐Ÿ˜…

Contrary to popular belief at the time, Earth is in fact WAY MORE than 6000 years old! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Not only going against conventional understanding, Darwin changed the paradigm of BOTH the religious AND scientific beliefs of his time! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

He showed us there was a world FAR MORE complex than what was once thought, presenting ideas which later laid the foundation for MANY subjects we study today including Biology. ๐Ÿงซ

But why do I share this post with you? ๐Ÿค”

Because there was one KEEN observation Darwin noticed during his studies. Verbatim, I saw this written on the museum wall: โœ๏ธ

๐ŸŒŸ “๐ƒ๐š๐ซ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง ๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ž๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ฅ๐ž – ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž.” ๐ŸŒŸ

With COVID and everything happening in 2020, I find this quote stretches FAR BEYOND Darwin to our modern world today. Our world is constantly changing, perhaps too fast for many people’s comfort. โŒ›

But with this finding from Darwin, I challenge us to take on this opportunity to continue adapting to whatever comes our way. Because we are greater than our circumstances! ๐Ÿ’ช

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” โค๏ธ

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Why NOT To Argue With Reality!

Remember: People don’t know…what they don’t know. โค๏ธ
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You cannot expect a child who’s never learned math to understand algebra. ๐Ÿ”ข
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You cannot expect a teenager who’s never learned personal responsibility to just do it. ๐Ÿ‘ค
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You cannot expect an adult who’s never surrounded themselves with opposing viewpoints to have a nuanced view of the world. ๐ŸŒŽ
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You think they “should know better”. But the fact is: they don’t. So why be upset over things 100% outside your control? ๐Ÿ˜“
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My point is you don’t have to hold onto these expectations in your mind about how others “should” be acting. It’s causing you needless suffering. ๐Ÿ˜ซ
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Accept things as they are, not how you feel they “should” be. See things as they are, not how you “wish” they would be. ๐Ÿ‘€
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Allow yourself to let the “shoulds” go. ๐Ÿง˜

And instead, be kind. โค๏ธ
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Why “How” Matters MORE Than “What”!

The words I’m saying to you now are the words I wish my younger self would’ve been told.ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Sure, he was told at times to stop caring about what other people thought. He was told at times to stop people pleasing.ย ๐Ÿ›‘

But he didn’t know how…๐Ÿ˜ซ

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธย “What do you mean ‘how’? You just do it, Donald! Simple as that!”ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

I understand your perspective, and if it works for you I’m very happy it does. That’s great! But I’ll share with you another perspective I’ve also learned.ย ๐Ÿ“–

Sometimes what people need the most is NOT hearing the solutions. In fact, these people have often heard the solutions MULTIPLE times!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

No, what they actually need is a compass to navigate themselves, their emotions and their intellect, towards the solutions.ย ๐Ÿงญ

In other words, they don’t need the answers to the “What?” They need the answers to the “How?”ย ๐Ÿ™Œ

In other words, telling someone to stop caring what others think is far easier said than done. The problem is you’re telling someone What to do, not How to do it.ย ๐Ÿ‘

You can tell a person all you want to fish. But if they’ve never been taught how to fish, how do you expect them to know?ย ๐Ÿค”

๐ŸŒŸย You can’t expect someone to know what they don’t know.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

I wish I could’ve told my younger self the Hows of messages like the one above. I wish I could’ve shared with him this How, that inner happiness and fulfillment matters more than other people’s opinion of him.ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

I’ll leave you with one statement, however blunt, that reminds me how silly it is to worry so much about what others think. Much love!ย โค๏ธ

๐Ÿคฏย If you worry what other people think, you’re letting someone else’s imagination control your reality.ย ๐Ÿคฏ

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