Raindrops and Humanity

rain on roofI love hearing the ping of raindrops on the tin porch roof.  There is something calming and nostalgic about it.  It brings me back to a time when my parents would open the garage door and set up lawn chairs so we could view storms as if it was theater…

The fact it’s December in CT and warm enough to be on the porch brings a whole other host of thoughts.  The world these days seems more than a little ‘off’.

I don’t discuss politics and I rarely watch the news. But for those of you who do I suspect you will agree with my assessment of the state of the world.

Recently my 14 year old son declared that he didn’t want to do things the way everyone else does.  Of course his statement begged the question, “What do you mean?”

He said, “Everyone I know goes to college, gets a job, gets married, has babies, and it’s just not me.  The world needs a change.  It’s a mess, Mom.  I think I need to do something about it.”

I told my friend about this and of course she replied, “Gee, Miss Moved-Out-of-Her-House-to-Take-on-the-World-at-17, I wonder where he gets that from?!”

I think my son is right.  He does need to “do something about it”.  The world needs his spirit, his innocence, and his perspective.

But I don’t think it’s just up to him.

I think we all need a little “I need to do something about it” in us.  Myself included.  Complacency is a disease.  Thinking someone else will handle it is the seed of a garden full of weeds.

If we all treat people with a little more respect.  If we each take responsibility for ourselves.  If every person looks at what they can do to serve the community…or even make one person’s life better.  Wouldn’t the world be a little less ‘off’?  Wouldn’t each person who does that be a little more proud, a little less scared, and a little more fulfilled?

My goal is to reconnect with that 17 year old, passionate fireball and find a way every day to make the world a better place.  And to give my sons the support they need to do what stirs their hearts.

….what is your goal?

Reach out and share yours with me.  I’ll include the best ones in my next blog.  Heather@FindYourFireInFive.com

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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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2 Responses to Raindrops and Humanity

  1. Bill Oakley says:

    Excellent post Heather! You struck right at home for me. I also felt this way at a younger age and still do now! Yesterday I was just talking about the small changes we can all make in our lives as to how we think and act to make the world “a little less off” (great line!). We all need to slow down and learn to enjoy the moments we are in…and be kinder than we need to be.

  2. FindYourFire says:

    Thank you Bill! I know you live this… Enjoy!!

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