There is a lot of unscheduled brain down-time during the rote action of moving snow. Lots of time to think. Somehow yesterday I made the connection of snow being similar to life's problems, and the shovel the way we acknowledge and manage it. For example:
True or false: Is it possible to clear a large driveway of snow with a metal object only about 19 inches long?
How? The shovel is so small. The length and width of the driveway is in the double digits of feet, and the snow may be inches deep.
Take one scoop at a time. Concentrate only on that movement. That's manageable. Take your time and don't exert yourself too much. When that is done, repeat, concentrating only on that moment. Don't worry about what you just did or the rest of the work still there.
Will it take forever?
No. It will take time, but if you'd like the area cleared of snow it must be done. Doing it right the first time will avoid the need to go back and clean up later. It might take a little longer until you figure out your rhythm but it will come to you.
What if the snow is too deep?
Perhaps there was a storm and the snow fell too fast or you let the snow pile up. Procrastination doesn't save time or effort in the long run. It will take twice as much work in energy to attend to now.
Is it possible I'll have more snow tomorrow?
Absolutely. Especially if you live in Central New York (or even Arizona or Tennessee this year). Anticipate it and plan on it in your schedule. Make it manageable and keep on top of it to have a usable driveway. Or life.