Sometimes I feel like a fire hydrant

Is this a good thing?

Jun 10, 2017 · 3 min read
Feeling like a fire hydrant can be both positive and negative.

As I went for a walk around my neighborhood this morning, I decided to take some random pictures of signs and things that could potentially serve as visual perspective for my written words.

And then I came across this fire hydrant, and the words are the narrative for the picture. Sometime I feel like a fire hydrant.

The Negative

By nature, I’m a pretty positive person, but when I saw this fire hydrant all I could think of was a dog coming over to take a pee on it.

And sometimes that’s exactly how I feel. I feel like I’m the hydrant and someone has just taken a pee on me…rained on my parade…peed in my Wheaties (what is my fascination with peeing??).

In other words, I have a pity party. I feel sorry for myself. I wallow in my “woe is me” attitude. I get this way when I’m feeling stuck and right now it’s as if I’m a truck gone muddin’ and I’ve sunk in the muck.

I’m in my own way, and that’s frustrating. Like a hydrant that can’t get away from the dog, I can’t seem to get out of my funk and I hate it.

So, what do I do? I write about being a fire hydrant. There are other things I should be doing, and yet here I am. I should be editing my book. I should be doing another module from my writing class, I should be working on my website. Should, should, should.


And then the switch flips.

The Positive

And now I’m the mighty fire hydrant. The one that helps in a time of need. When someone’s home is on fire, I come to the rescue with lifesaving water. I’m here whenever I’m needed. I’m stable and a force to be reckoned with.

Mess with me and you get the horns (Breakfast Club reference…).

I’m on top of the world. I’m confident. I’m invincible. I can do anything.


Instead of focusing on what I’m not doing right now, I can focus on what I am doing. Sure, writing a piece was not on my to-do list today, but I’m writing and practicing my craft. I can shape it for an essay in my book.

Suddenly, I’ve given the gas pedal an extra shove, and my truck loosens from the mud spewing chunks all over the place. And I’m free. I’m free from the muck and mire. I’m out of my own way.

And dang it feels good!

We can look at one thing and have different views, one negative and one positive. We ALWAYS have a choice to make in which one we’re going to stick with.

Are we going to be the peed on fire hydrant or the fire hydrant that saves?

It’s okay to feel negative sometimes, but it’s not okay to set up a tent and stay there. Fold the tent up, put it away, and move on with yourself.

You’ve got this!

**Come visit my website, Get To It. I have a FREE newsletter you can subscribe to called GTI Wednesday. It’s a quick 5-minute read full of positive vibes. And, when you sign up, you can request to join our group on Facebook. It’s an interactive way to get more positivity in your life!

Christine Denker

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