Budget deficits, Sarah Palin, B-S-CS, Sen. Reid, Health care, Afghanistan. It's all enough to make a guy just shovel some s---
Even though it's the holiday season, nobody seems to be resting. Future presidents are on crazy book tours (for crazy people). The current president is juggling so many swords that if he doesn't gore himself, it will be truly amazing. In Utah, legislators are staring at huge budget deficits and vowing to do nothing about it. Glenn Beck, the subject of our cover story, continues to hustle his lemmings with bat-shit crazy schemes (buy low, people!). Oh, and Sen. Orrin "Matisyahu" Hatch has dropped a song that can only be described as a B-side from Adam Sandler.
On top of all of that, it snowed. And thank God for that, because it means that today I can shovel.
Yes, it's a day late, and my wife actually shoveled the important areas. But who cares? When I get home this evening, I can slip outside into the silent embrace of a frozen world. Shovel in hand, I can clear the long driveway, the back patio, the garden path.
It's a simple Zen principle, really: Embrace the moment. For me, shoveling is that moment. Nothing else is more important than shoveling the snow, once you begin. When finished, there is a strong sense of accomplishment and, more important, peace. It centers the world.
Tomorrow, I'll try to return to the blogosphere with some sort of beautiful beatastic rant. But for today, I simply leave all of you with a quote from "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway that summarizes my thoughts:
"And if there is not any such thing as a long time, nor the rest of your lives, nor from now on, but there is only now, why then now is the thing to praise and I am very happy with it."