The snow that fell in our neighborhood this week reminded me of a recent epiphany.
It has been a very snowy few months in my area of Iowa. We currently have around two feet of snow on the ground. More has melted in the brief warm-ups we have had in between storms. However, this year I have actually been able to enjoy the winter beauty a bit more, thanks to a technological wonder I acquired a few years back... my glorious snowblower.
When you live in the Midwest, the harsh winters require some level of snow removal. Until I got the snowblower, I would dread the manual shoveling I had grown accustomed to. While I was always up for the challenge and, at my relatively middle-aged youth, can wield a shovel with the best of them, as each flake fell I imagined myself stuck out in the cold pushing snow around.
Now I can watch the snow with more love and appreciation. That snowblower is not only a fun "man toy" with its mighty little engine, it also makes quick work of even the heavy snows we get in Iowa. It can still take me about 30 minutes to clear the drive, but that's probably about 30 minutes faster than the back-breaking way. Plus, it is more fun to use machinery!
It’s crazy that it took me a few decades of adult life to realize the Midwest's snowy abyss would be so much less stressful (and dare I say more fun?) with a $700 investment. This is especially true when I consider that I teach productivity improvements with new methods. Plus, I have seen and helped clients improve their businesses, sales, and marketing situations via efficient use of technology.
We all have life lessons from our work that we should apply to other aspects of our life and vice versa. What lessons can you learn from the "everyday" things you do or have recently attempted in another sector of life? What technology, methods, or processes can you apply from your work to personal life or the other way around?
Did you have any epiphanies? Please reply, share, or let me know how I can help.