Jun 7, 2009

Shovel by Shovel

Posted by AJ Blythe at Sunday, June 07, 2009

We're renovating at the moment, and the current project is digging, lots of digging, to get ready for concrete. My mind was wandering as I shovelled dirt and I realised how much this dirty, physical, repetitive task was like writing.

You see, in both you have a momentous task ahead when you start. How are you ever going to get to the end?

You chip at the ground, with pick and shovel, working out how to begin, and before you know it you've made a start.

Then you get on a roll, an easy repetition, the same movements over and over gradually getting further along, making great progress, until you hit a rock.

Bang.

There goes the momentum, the flow. Now it starts to get more difficult. The sweat starts, and the blisters burst. You trip and stumble and wonder how you got to this point. And more importantly, how are you ever going to finish?

A break and you're back at it. A new perspective. A change in strategy and things might start flowing again, just with a bit more strain then before.

And this is how it goes, over and over until suddenly, without quite realising how it happened you've finished. You stand back and look at what you've done with a sense of pride in the accomplishment.
The blood, sweat and tears all worth it.

4 comments:

Monique Wood on June 8, 2009 at 3:34 PM said...

It is like digging, and a painful process at that.

Keep shovelling, and I'll shovel with you! :-)

Anita Joy on June 8, 2009 at 4:26 PM said...

Sooo painful, and sometimes I wonder what it really is that I am shovelling!

Nicky on June 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM said...

Love that comparison Anita.

Except for the fact I forgot to type The End! D'oh!!!

Nicky (standing shovel to shovel with you)

Anita Joy on June 10, 2009 at 4:51 PM said...

Thanks Nicky.

You mightn't have typed it, but I bet the thrill was no different.

Well done! I raise my shovel in salute.

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