I have only recently learned to shovel snow. When the children were young, my husband did all of the shoveling and I made the hot chocolate. Someone had to entertain the kids. I didn’t know what I was missing.
With diabetes, I need daily exercise. It’s difficult for me to motivate myself to get out and walk on cold winter mornings. Last winter, I was struggling to keep my blood sugar under control, and decided to try snow shoveling. Surprisingly, I didn’t mind it, and I found that it lowered my blood sugar.
This winter, I asked hubby to buy an extra shovel, so I could join the fun.
My husband loves to serve, and he never stops with our shoveling. He has a list of people that he likes to shovel for. It is fun to accompany him on his errand. I get my exercise and we enjoy our time together. It’s a nice way to start the day. It makes us feel good.
Shoveling snow produces endorphins—those “feel good” hormones that we crave. Shoveling for others produces a double dose, because serving also makes us feel good.
What is it about serving that makes us happy?
I remember a busy morning when everything was humming. All were busily engaged except one small child who kept getting underfoot. Not only was he underfoot, but he was crabby.
I didn’t know what was bugging him, at first. I tried ignoring his whining. That didn’t work, so I tried to coax him into a good mood. Finally, I realized what was wrong. I hadn’t given him a chore to do. Everyone had a job to do but him. He felt left out and unimportant.
I gave that child a task to do, and he cheered right up.We all need to serve. We need to contribute to a better world, a better neighborhood, a better home. Serving brings rich rewards. We feel needed. We feel important. We feel useful. Everyone needs to make a difference.
Now where can I find some snow to shovel?