Welcome to Day 29 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.
“To be, or not to be?”
The correct answer is…to be.
The second question might be, “To do, or not to do?”
What? Doing is good isn’t it?
Yes, it can be.
During this #31Days series we’ve been exploring being versus doing.
Often, if we choose to do…rather than to be…we lose.
Usually ourselves and the best of life.
It’s been a little more than four years since a major life-changing event took place in my life.
Removed from the day-to-day, I was able to look back and see clearly.
You know the phrase, hind-sight is 20/20.
My life was crammed with doing.
It was all for good.
And I thought, for God.
Giving, doing, spending myself…mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually.
Wearing myself out.
Losing the best part of spring and summer….every year.
Being too busy to walk in the park and enjoy the changes of the seasons.
All for virtuous reasons.
Looking back. I was deceived.
The organization I was involved with didn’t see this as something bad or unhealthy.
No…for them it was a good thing. It made them look exceptional.
Great things were happening. Growth was occurring.
All the marks of success said this was good. But, it wasn’t.
Sure, it felt good. But I was tired. A lot.
You know you’re not on the right path when you go to a time-share seminar to get a free ticket to Disney and the speaker convicts you of your out-of-balance life.
You know you’re out of balance when you are too busy for friends and building relationships.
You know you’re too busy when your cat forgets how to play catch.
That’s bad. But, that was my life.
The thing is….our culture values living this way.
It lifts up a too-busy life of late nights and never-ending work.
I’m here to tell you that we need to stick our fingers in our ears whenever we hear culture’s lie.
And believe me…it’s persistent.
So where does that leave us?
What do we need to do in order to be?
Here’s the prescription….
Be the unique person you were created to be.
On this #31Day adventure I focused on seven different areas…one for each day of the week:
I confess that my original intent in this series was to focus on the being and not the doing. God created us as human beings not human doings. Yet…we (I especially) struggle with the need to do. It seems to take precedent over being most of the time.
We can make a bigger difference in our families and in our world when we choose being over doing.
I’m not suggesting that you just veg out.
I’m suggesting you discover who you are.
Whether it is through self-evaluation, talking to friends, taking some sort of test, or all of these…learn about who you are, what makes your heart sing, and how you best relate to others.
But, don’t spend an overabundance of time doing this either. Navel gazing isn’t exactly a healthy activity. You’ll get a stiff neck and you’ll end up being a pain in the neck to someone else.
When we find out who we are, we are more free to be.
From that spot of being…we can do.
Actually we should do.
We were created to love and serve others.
We were not created to put our own personal needs and pursuits first.
We need to be self less.
For it is out of that place we can be and do in freedom and liberty.
We’ll have appropriate boundaries.
And hopefully we will do the most good.
We will be living fully and beautifully.
We won’t need to fill up every hour in the day.
We’ll have time for play. Time for people.
Time to be joyful, creative, encouraging, content, hospitable, and extraordinary.
And there is no question, we will also be strong….for we will know the source of our strength…and it’s not in doing.
Day 29 Challenge: Do a personal assessment. Figure out 1 – who you are; 2 – what makes your heart sing; 3 – how you relate to others. Next, take a look at your calendar. Are you following the culture’s call or are you living fully and beautifully in the moment? If not…what steps do you need to take to go from busy to being? Take another look at that calendar. How or where are you exercising your passions and gifts for the benefit of others? Our lives should be about loving others…and that is not the call of culture.
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