After a long, grueling week, I’m looking forward to relaxing and allowing the Deep Thoughts to flow.
The sun has finally returned after a long disappearance, and temperatures skyrocketed into the 50s today. For February in Maine, that’s a heat wave!
Last Sunday, we had similar weather. I went outside in just a sweatshirt to tackle the snow and ice that was piled up in the driveway, on my front lawn, and up on the roof.
Yes, Modern Philosophers, I even pulled out the big guns and used the roof rake.
I was dripping with sweat after two and a half hours of clearing what Snow Miser had left behind, but I knew I had accomplished something major. The snow was off the roofs of The House on the Hill and the garage, the end of the driveway was no longer coated in ice, and you could actually see some of the sidewalk in front of the house.
Afterwards, several people asked me why I’d even bothered. The warmer temperatures were going to take care of the work for me, so what was the point of wasting two and a half hours and all that sweat?
Which brings us to this week’s topic: Would you shovel it, or let it melt?
Are you the type of person who just sits around and waits for things to happen? Or are you proactive and go out to set things in motion?
I like to think that I grabbed my shovel and went out to take advantage of the warmer weather because I’m tired of being a prisoner of winter. I hate worrying if the roof is going to leak because of all the snow piled on it. I don’t want to freak out because there’s snow on the roads.
So I went out there, and with the warmer weather lending me a hand, showed the elements who was boss. I was no longer going to be a prisoner of my Post Traumatic Snow Disorder. I chose to be a man of action, rather than a man who has to react to whatever the hell life throws at him.
Sure, maybe I was being a tad reactionary. Perhaps my quirks and phobias played a part in pushing me to act, but I don’t see where that’s a bad thing. I’ve had the roof leak before because I didn’t clear the snow. I’ve been unable to get my car up the driveway because it was too icy.
I learned from my mistakes and now I’m getting out in front of things rather than sitting back and waiting for life to dictate what I need to do.
I’m hoping this sort of thinking spills over into other parts of my life. It would be a shame to act this way only when it came to snow removal.
What about you, Modern Philosophers? Do you shovel or let it melt?
I’m looking forward to your joining me in the Think Tank to share your Deep Thoughts!
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