The instructions on the package didn't exactly encourage use.
Always have water or fire extinguishers handy, and wear gloves and fireproof clothes. Never use near airports, roads, dry standing crops, or in places where lantern could be interpreted as a distress signal. Make sure flight path is clear of trees, power lines, and buildings. Remember each lantern is a potential fire hazard, and has to land somewhere. Enjoy!
We worried about all the objects the green, paper lantern could drift into: trees, homes, the near-by fire station. We worried the wind was too strong or maybe not strong enough, and were the manufacturers serious about fireproof clothing?
But finally, we released.
Over Interstate 55, the lantern climbed, wiggling and wobbling until the black sky gobbled it up.
Worry is powerful and perfect conditions rarely arise. The wind blows, but not always the right direction, and often we miss out because we chose to wait.
Today I think about the conditions we need in place before we act, even in small ways.
I waited two months to introduce myself to a new neighbor, a neighbor who mothered a child my own child’s age. I observed this little fact as I sped by her house daily. Busy, busy.
What about you? Is there something you want to do, but you are waiting for the perfect conditions to arise? Let's hear it!