What a Lost Shovel And Melting Snow Taught Me About Circumstances and Happiness

Today, it’s going to be almost 40 degrees out. Or so.

In February.

After days with wind chills as cold as 30 degrees below zero.

It’s a welcome change, to be sure. I’ll be able to catch up on a bit of yard work that I’d put off because of the cold–and maybe be able to find a shovel that got buried in the snow. I haven’t found it yet, and I’ve looked for it twice already.

There were times I’d be upset that it was snowy and cold–sometimes too dangerous to even be outside. Not to mention all the shoveling I’ve done this season already, that had to be done.

That’s a problem.

Things come along we can’t control, and weather is one of those things. Other people’s opinions or what they say to us is on that list of uncontrollables, too.

This year has been a big growth experience for me so far, and realizing I need to let more things roll off my back has been a part of that. Sometimes I need to be reminded–constantly.

Looking to outside things before I decide to be happy or not isn’t the way to go.

It’s a similar thing for fiction writers and email copywriters, really.

There are times I wait for “the perfect time” to write. A lot of times, I’m disappointed.

Pushing through the bad or boring days is the same as breezing through the good days. The steps you take are still the same. You sit down at the computer and type. You sketch out what you’re going to do, work on outlines or rough drafts of stories or emails, and so on.

It’s your mindset that’s different. If you’re feeling groggy, things may be more difficult, or if you’re sick and have a deadline, or what-have-ya.

Like shoveling out after a snowstorm. Or finding a lost shovel. Sometimes we all have to push forward. Do what you can, as much as you can, in small steps, if you need to. Start with a sentence or a paragraph.

And then tomorrow, do a little bit more. But don’t let outside circumstances control whether you’re happy or not.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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