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By Michael Morse, contributing writer
(Photo: M. C. Escher, Bond of Union, public domain, Boston Library)
Feeling powerless and out of control, the world and everybody in
it having their say, days followed by nights, then days and nights and days
again. When will this impeachment be over?
So many people; all of them lost in
their own thoughts and dreams, trying to get by, trying to get ahead, trying to
make a name for themselves, and getting trampled in the process.
There’s always the few that seem to get
through it better than everybody else, and have it all, and it doesn’t even
But it is hard. It’s hard for everybody.
Everybody hurts, everybody cries. Nobody gets out alive.
But there is power to be had, and
control over what seems uncontrollable. We all exude charisma, be it positive
or negative, and the rest of the people we share this earth with feed from
The world we create is in direct
correlation with how we act, and what we say, and how we say it. People who act
poorly and expect things to go badly more often than not get exactly what they
project into their surroundings.
I don’t treat everybody the same. My
interactions with people are directly related to the image they project, and
what they say, and how they say it. Most of us actually speak a fraction of
what we think, the filter works overtime, and lots of our thoughts are better
left unsaid, but too many die a miserable death somewhere in our minds;
thoughts of gratitude, respect, and love, go away, fear of ridicule, of
exposing ourselves to another person and communicating seems too hard, and
hardly worth the effort.
But it is worth it. Every time. I’ve
never been annoyed by a phone call, or some honest conversation, even if it’s
Life doesn’t just happen. We make it
happen. We have the power to control everything, and the most important
ingredient in everything is the relationships we forge as we watch our days
turn to nights, then days, then nights, then another day.
I cannot make anybody appreciate me, or
even like me, but I have, through my actions and words, or more appropriately
lack of words, molded exactly how every person I come in contact with responds
Michael Morse spent 23 years as a
firefighter/EMT with the Providence Fire Department before retiring in 2013 as
Captain, Rescue Co. 5. He is an author of several books, most offering fellow
firefighter/EMTs and the general population alike a poignant glimpse into one
person’s journey through life, work and hope for the future. He is a Warwick