Lessons from the Playground

"Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." Marsha Sinatar

I felt the cool grass below me as I stared at the white fluffy clouds above….

“It’s a bunny!” I said.

Little boy with the golden hair and sparkling eyes replied, “Not just any bunny, Mommy.  It’s the Easter Bunny.  Don’t you see the bow tie and basket of eggs?” And off he ran to play with his brothers.

As I watch I realize how very much the playground resembles life.

The merry go round reminds me of times when I spun my wheels based on someone else’s momentum, left dizzy. 

I prefer the swings.  You get to choose how much you get out of it based on how much you put into it.  A light push and you can enjoy the scenery and a gentle rocking.  It’s always good to come back to that place of peace.  But if you want to add a little extra effort you can fly- feel the wind in your hair and the rush of adrenaline.

Ahhh…and then there’s the see-saw.  A metaphor for life if ever there was one.  Sometimes you’re up.  Sometimes you’re down.  But the quality of the experience has a lot to do with the people you choose to play with.

Enough ruminating for now.  The golden boy with the big imagination is coming back for a hug.

Action Step:  What are you riding?  Is it serving you?  If you are on the merry go round…you might want to get off and try out the swings.  If you are dizzy from someone else’s momentum take one action today to take back control.  Say No.  Pick one request of your time (PTO, non-required meeting, excessive email) and simply say No.  It can be very freeing.

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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