The following question popped up during this morning’s meditation: “Where did we come up with the phrase ‘human being’ ?” I guess I could have checked with the Oxford English Dictionary, but it was much more fun to think about it without aid.
There are so many guide books on organizing ones day, getting things done, and being efficient. So often we feel measured by what we accomplish. Maybe we should call our selves “human doings.” I bet I can buy a hundred books and objects on Amazon within thirty minutes that will help me do things well or better. I don’t think I can say the same about just “being.”
So this morning I found myself asking not about how to maneuver the dark forests of working and doing, but asking, “How do I want to live?” and not in the context of accomplishments but contemplating on “what kind of person do I want to be.”
Spend some time asking yourself about being and listen intently. What you hear might surprise.