Is Convenience Killing Us? (or Why I Shovel Snow)

shovel snow
The other day someone ordered some snow with extra snow, a side of snow, and snow sprinkles for good measure. And I shoveled it with glee. Or actually, I shoveled it with a lot of griping, but I’m glad I did.

A “Record” Snowfall
I moved to New York about six years ago. In that time I’ve seen my fair share of snow. I’ve seen winters full of snow and some pretty heavy snowfall in general. However, recently we had more snow in a single day than I think I’ve ever seen in a single snowfall since I moved here.

So I did what any normal person would do. Nothing.

At least I wanted to. But I knew that the driveway wouldn’t clean itself. Surprisingly, someone has, on occasion, plowed my drive during heavy bouts. I don’t know who does it, but I appreciate it. This snowfall was no exception, bringing my driveway from around two feet to about eight inches.

A Single Shovel
Regardless of the help or not, I shovel my drive. I know that a lot of people would prefer to snow blow theirs. I can understand that. At the same time I avoid it.

Now, I have a lot of projects. A lot. I have this blog, a blog on my faith, three books, a video series on presenting, fun video projects I do with my kids, a new video series I am working on that is still in the beginning stages, an iPhone app, book reviews, and more. If shoveling took more time out of my day than I could spare, I might consider snow blowing.

But I have the time, and I want to be active. I want to shovel instead of blow snow. I want to walk stairs instead of take the elevator. I want to drive less and walk more. As someone who has a desk job, I consider this important to my health.

Convenience or Happiness
That’s why I focus not on what’s easy, but what’s best. Sometimes they are the same. Sometimes they are not. But when convenience and health are in conflict, I want to take health. When convenience or happiness are in conflict, I want to take happiness.

I recently had a good friend of mine comment on my post about getting what you want out of life. It takes discipline and hard work. It’s not easy. And I don’t want it to be easy. I think that makes us unhealthy and unhappy. I want it to be fun, exciting, and enjoyable. How hard or easy it is shouldn’t factor in.

So the question I pose to you: do you want convenience or happiness? They don’t have to be opposing, but it makes a huge difference what your priority is. I hope it’s happiness. Otherwise, what’s the point?

David Bishop

David is CEO of Cedowin Productions, dedicated to helping you live your best life through positive habits. He has inspired tens of thousands to improve habits and communication through books, articles, workshops, and apps. He is the creator of AweVenture, helping families enjoy fantastic, active experiences and Zombie Goals, literally making building healthy habits a game. He’s authored several books including How to Create Amazing Presentations, 7 Steps to Better Relationships, and The Man in the Pit, which helps people who have loved ones struggling with depression.

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