March in Wisconsin usually means melting snow, a very good thing! Over winter, the snow has piled up, especially in parking lots and on the side of the road. With each snowstorm a new layer is added to the pile. As the temperatures range from below zero to right at freezing, the piles freeze and thaw several times. Long after the snow has melted, the snow piles linger. And, the longer they linger, the more dirt they collect, until they are officially dirty snow piles. From afar, they don’t really look like snow, but a pile of dirt. A closer look reveals something between ice and snow, and it’s full of dirt and sand.
The decisions we make over time add up like a winter of snowstorms. Some of these decisions are good, and build layers of positivity and strength for us. Other decisions are not so good, like putting off something we really should do, like lose weight, look for a new job, or save more money for the future. The longer you put something off, the dirtier your snow pile gets. Put it off long enough, and it may get to the point where you don’t recognize it as something you’ve been meaning to do. Just like a dirty snow pile no longer looks like snow. It becomes an immobile, unattractive, thing your life that will get in the way of where you want to go.
How to change? It can seem like an enormous, impossible task. Maybe your snow pile is years or decades old. It’s not going to happen overnight, but how exactly can you get it to happen? How to stop putting off that one thing that’s been in your way for so long? Get out your ice pick and start chopping at it, one day, one moment at a time. A little spring sunshine will help move things along. When it comes to your dirty snow pile, your sunshine is encouragement and support from others.
Find your One Thing: What is One Thing you can do today to start chipping at your snow pile? There must be something you can do about it today, even if it is just to call a friend and ask them to hold you accountable to making this change. Not everyone can support you with this work, so pick wisely who you want to shine in your life.
Once you start chopping at your dirty snow pile, watch it crumble. It may take several good chops, and you may get tired, but please don’t quit. You will get rid of that snow pile. Enjoy the new view, and the new you!