Feeling a Call

I'm feeling a call to action. I don't know if it's due to the current politically-charged atmosphere or what. Maybe it's something in the water. Maybe it's my two daily 25-minute NPR-fueled commutes. Maybe it's just the right stage in my life to do something.

I have two great kids with whom I am conscienctiously involved. I'm already a teacher and Cub Scout leader. I'll be a Girl Scout leader come the fall. I deliver Children's Messages at church. I walk 60 miles each October to help cure breast cancer. I recycle, use fluorescent lightbulbs and do almost all my shopping at Goodwill. How more can I positively impact the future?

I dunno. But I want to. I want to change things, improve things. Make a difference.

I'm seriously considering running for public office or something.

Joe doesn't know any of this, yet.

I've literally just printed out the Millville City Commission meeting schedule. The next meeting is April 15. I'm so there.



Joe said...

Every small gesture counts - especially when you stop and add up everybody's small gestures! :) Good job!

I used to be in the Girl Scouts when I was a kid - those were fun days! :)

Adrienne said...

Go for it!

I would just give Joe a head's up, tho. Seems only sporting.

Heidi said...

Eh ... why give the guy a sporting chance? Where's the fun in that? ;)

Lisa said...

I read your post a few days ago, but have been busy busy busy and haven't had a chance to respond. My first reaction was to do a mental list of the things I do to be greener, socially responsible, present in my child's life, etc. My second thought was, why do we (i.e. women) always think we need to do more for others (be it our spouse, our family, our community, or our world)?

So, why not take your call as one to do something more for yourself? Join a scrapbook group of women to gossip with and get caught up on a task you like to do. Take a class in basket weaving. Learn yoga. The possibilities are endless!

Submitted: My two cents. Feel free to reject and/or return payment :)

Heidi said...

I think that doing more for others may be the thing I want to do for myself, if that makes any sense at all. Everything I do so far is for other people, but it's not necessarily stuff I choose electively to do, rather it's stuff I feel I have to do because if I don't no one else will do it. That's how I've wound up becoming both a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader.

I want to pick something to be interested in and devoted to at least a little bit every now and then. Like improving education, or making our city safer. Or something.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to just go take a photography class or something. But, some level of guilt at wasting time would kick in. Call it conditioning, being a victim of a patriarchy, or perhaps God's voice in my troubled soul. Whatever it is, I feel pretty sure after all these years of trying other things; it's not going to let me just flounder along in whatever way I'm already going.

I'm really hoping to be selected to go to the NEA national assembly in July. And, I'm starting my training walking for the Breast Cancer 3-Day again. Both of these things will help.

Lisa said...

I totally get that doing something because you want to instead of that you have to--that in and of itself makes a big difference! Best of luck in whatever you decide--and in making the decision.