Be vs. Do



I’m the energizer bunny with batteries that never quit.

So how does that fit with the concept that we are human “beings” not human “doers.’

I am a doer. Anyone that knows me, knows that. I struggle greatly with just “being.” My planner side and internal list keeps my body and mind (when my body can’t) in perpetual motion. And I like that about me. I really do. But I know it is easy for me to become unbalanced. Really easy. In fact it’s a given.

To add to my struggle to stay still, I consider the concept of “to be” a waste of time. Along with sleeping. And waiting. And sitting. I know those things have value in my life. It’s just hard to practice. And then I wonder, what if “they” (those that declare the merits of “be” over “do”) are wrong. What if my “be” is filled with activity and that is okay?

A recent discussion with a friend on this concept made me realize that for me, the idea of “be” may very well mean activity. Maybe activity isn’t the problem for me as much as the “striving” that comes along with it. And while I may be just as good at the “striving” it’s not something I like as well in me.

  • Be: to exist or live:
  • Do: to perform an act, duty, role, etc. to put forth; exert
  • Strive: to exert oneself vigorously; try hard, to make strenuous efforts toward any goal:

Matthew 11:8 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

What if my “rest” can be found in the “doing” and the “striving” is where I become weary and burdened? Should I let other’s idea of rest/be define it for me?

Putting  into practice (or trying to) balance between doing, being and striving, on the Journey, Jackie

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