I loved this the moment I saw it because it recognizes the human condition for most of us.
Grounded in the tangible world around us, while recognizing the no-limits nature of the sky above–whether it’s opportunity just waiting to be taken or spirituality–and that burning desire to do something to contribute.
At first glance, “doing something to give back” might be considered something that only the privileged can afford to do. But that’s not the case at all. While it’s true that many people must primarily focus on the ground below their feet just to survive–I think of working class families, for one–it doesn’t preclude giving back. The act of raising kids to be caring and productive members of society is a huge contribution to society, in my opinion.
Looking around at my generation, the Baby Boomers, I love seeing so many of us exercising our passion to do something meaningful, something that reflects our purpose on earth. It’s easier to do that once the most active stage of our primary working and family lives has ended.
And while we’ve earned the right to sit on our butts and do nothing in retirement, most of my peers aren’t content to do that. They want to do something. Or do more.
It’s a disappointment that so much of what we thought we could achieve back when we were young adults hasn’t come to pass. I’m pretty sure we all thought the nation would be kinder and gentler by now and many of us are shocked at how thin the veneer of civilization is and how brutal society can still be.
But we haven’t lost our passion. We haven’t given up. We still want to be part of positive change in the world.
Because that fire within still burns for us.
I’d love your thoughts about your own generation and the fire within it.