What Kind Of Person Do You Want To Be?

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.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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