This Is Your Time

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lessons from a pile of snow!

Ever experienced having to shovel the pile of snow left in the driveway entrance by the snow plows?  It's enormous.  It's heavy.  It's wet.  When there are 4 inches of light stuff on the walks there are 12 inches in the entrance.  You can't just shove it aside.  This has happened twice in the last week and I've learned a valuable lesson from these piles of snow.  It's the lesson of eating an elephant.  When faced with what appears to be a daunting task, like that of eating an elephant, my Dad would ask me how to go about it.  The answer is, "One bite at a time."  The same with shoveling the snow from the plows, one shovel at a time. 

Many times life is like that.  There are daunting tasks.  The way to tackle it is one step at a time.  I love it.  I actually loved shoveling all of that snow left by the plow.  I cleared it one shovelfull at a time.  And even when I was just a quarter of the way through the task I was able to look back at all I had accomplished thus far and it was an exhilarating feeling to know that step by step I was conquering.  When the task was complete it was such a fulfilling feeling.  Each day of life is like that.  So to speak, sometimes there is little snow to shovel and other days there are piles of it.  The key is to find joy in the journey.  I love the lesson of the elephant and the snow plow and the happiness I'm finding in my journey.  Truly, THIS IS MY TIME!!!!

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