Being waist-deep in summer vacation, you might think I have the kids in mind. While the kids are very much on my mind, I’m actually thinking of the millions of Americans who have nothing better to do than watch t.v., which is happy to oblige, keeping us mindlessly preoccupied.
Life is happening all around you, and you can get as adventurous as you want. Each one of us has the potential to make the world a better place, to contribute a positive energy to the universe as a whole. Whether you take a walk in a neighborhood park, picking up a bit of litter on your way or whether you take your issue to D.C. to lobby with Congress, there is much to do. You have the potential to do anything.
In a conversation with my husband, I told him that for every thing I do, there are at least ten other things I’m not doing — four of those relating to something for each child, the other six relating to my high priority commitments/responsibilities. He reminded me that actually there’s an infinite number of things I’m not doing when I choose my one thing, and he’s right. Could it be this overwhelming feeling that bogs us down so easily that we get caught in a trap, stuck in the mire?
We have things we have to do, things we’re supposed to do, things we should be doing, ought to do, want to do, hope to do, yearn to do. I have to make dinner, am supposed to be doing laundry, should be visiting my grandparents, ought to catch up on my blog, want to write in my novel, hope to pay off our debt, yearn to go to Europe. I’m sure your list is different, yet the same.
When I sit doing “nothing,” it’s not because I’m bored. Overwhelmed, maybe, but not bored. Never bored. There’s too much work to do, too many good things to be done, too much I hope to do. Many of those things benefit the future of my kids. Many benefit our home and ourselves right now.
As I watched over my daughter squeezing lemons for the first time, I reminded her that all we have is now. She was tired of standing, tired of always waiting for something. (She was in a frightful beastie state!) I told her she could be waiting for something for the rest of her life and miss what’s happening now. Maybe a seed is planted in her subconscious. I tried my best not to take it personal, not to get angry.
There’s too much work to be done to waste energy on anger. When you look at all you do or hope to do, I hope you realize that you aren’t bored, either, and that you realize what you are doing is making our world a better place as well. In the end, it may take a village, but in the beginning, it just takes one person to come up with a good idea.
Let’s get to work.