Karma Yoga, with a Shovel

We knew it was coming
6 to 10 inches

Dread: The roads will be terrible!
Exhilaration: No school!

That morning he left his house
Shovel in hand

He approached one older neighbor
With his usual smile

“How about I make a start
In this driveway of yours?”

Slow and steady
Calm and controlled

He noticed how heavy the snow was
And he enjoyed each exertion

20 minutes later
He was finished

He went over to another neighbor’s
Did the same thing

Smiling
Shoveling

It was within his power to do this
It needed to be done

So he did it
No big deal

Smiling
Shoveling

“Look there
Mr. Laserstein’s not going to be able to make a dent in that”

Off he went
To remove the snow

One shovel-full
At a time

Over and over
Smiling

— this was inspired by last night’s discussion of Karma Yoga (selfless service) in our Bhagavad Gita Reading Group.

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