“We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have—for their usefulness.” Thomas Merton
Much of what we are is a reflection of what we do. Doing doesn’t leave much time for creating something new. For so much of our lives we are focused on generating what we believe to be an image of success. Our identity is wrapped up in what we do not in who we are. It is easy to hide in your identity of the past or your identity of the future. Our identify becomes a habit, a habit we support with the accolades of those we impress.
Og Mandino writes, “the point is to learn to find those things that let your feel exhilarated and alive”. The point is at some place in our life we stopped taking risks, stopped putting in that extra effort and stopped living. Stepping outside of habit requires us to:
1. Be creative
2. Be concerned
3. Be courageous
4. Be caring
5. Be alive
6. Be passionate
7. Be enthusiastic
Define your identity in terms of your “being”. What would your identity be? Choose the words that state boldly who you are. Leave the words “hope” and “if” by the wayside and choose powerful words that describe who you will be and who you are.
Don’t ask permission to “be”, just start being.
“I believe life is to be lived, not worked, enjoyed, not agonized, loved, not hated.” Leland Bartlett