Sometimes Mother Nature decides to dump a bunch of white heavy stuff on you…over and over again.
What can you do? You can complain. You can refuse to accept it and do nothing while it continues to accumulate and traps you in your house. You can freak out.
But none of those things is going to stop it from piling up and needing to be shoveled. Even when you think you can’t take it anymore what do you end up doing? Going out and shoveling. There’s no other choice.
Here’s the second question—who are you going to be as a shoveler?
Will you be the angry shoveler who is yelling complaints to neighbors and swearing your head off? Will you be the freaking out shoveler ranting about how you just can’t take it anymore? Will you be the upset and overwhelmed shoveler thinking you will never get through all of this snow? Or will you just pick up one shovel full at a time until you are done?
I suggest the latter. Because whoever you are as the shoveler is not going to change the fact that the snow needs to be shoveled. So why add to it by being in a negative emotional space?
Years ago I used to be the overwhelmed and upset shoveler. I was overweight and out of shape so when the snow would pile up storm after storm I would get upset wondering how I would handle it all. But you know what? No matter how upset I got I still had to do the same thing—dig in for that first shovel full and keep going until it was done. And I was always able to get it done.
Let’s take it a step further. Sometimes life decides to dump a shit storm on you. Oh, I’m sorry, I meant you experience contrast. Things come up that you would prefer didn’t happen. But that doesn’t stop them from piling up. So you have to ask yourself—who am I going to be as the one who is experiencing these storms?
You could choose to be any of the already mentioned–angry, refuse to accept it, freak out. But once again it will not change the storm that is upon you. So why not just skip that step and lower the plow?
My friend Sue used to say that all the time and I loved it. When something tough was going on, instead of having all the various negative reactions, just lower the plow and plow through it.
So the next time life throws you a shi…the next time you experience contrast, give this a thought. Lower the plow. And if you don’t have a plow pick up a shovel—it’s the next best thing.
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