I received a text message three minutes after I arrived to work that said the university was closing for the day. I sighed, then turned the car around and drove the hour back home in the beginnings of a snow storm. When I got home, I promptly got my car stuck in the snow off the edge of the driveway. I spent the next hour shoveling and snow blowing around the car to get it unstuck.
The picture above is a few hours after I got it out, but you get the idea.
It would have been easy for me to get upset or frustrated when my car got stuck, but instead I chose to see it as a challenge, a puzzle, an opportunity to get exercise. The situation did not change, but my perception did. Changing my perception from frustration to challenge allowed me to “just do it” and get the car out instead of focusing on the annoyance and leaving the car until after the snow storm.
I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed getting the car out. It was nice to get out and do something physically demanding. I was able to engage my entire being in the project, physically and mentally, trying to solve the problem on how to get the car out of the foot of snow that lined our driveway.
As I sit inside my warm home with a hot cup of coffee, I cannot help but think what other areas of my life I need to perceive differently. What other impossibilities should I be seeing as a challenge instead of as an impossibility?