Being: (n) the nature or essence of a person.
The question is misleading.
We often ask younger people, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
It’s not what we want to know. What we want to know is what they want to do when they grow up. Unfortunately, we teach our younger generation to do without ever having them search their souls for who they want to be.
The end result is that many people arrive at a certain status, where they have achieved obvious success in what they’re doing, while totally dissatisfied with who they are being.
The more important question is, “Who do I want to be?”
After all, I have to live with that entity as I go about doing.
Without this, we convince ourselves that achievement produces satisfaction rather than satisfaction promoting achievement.
We start talking about things like:
- Bottom line
- End results.
- Keeping it real
You don’t have to keep it real if you are real. It just naturally oozes out.
I became a better person when I paused “doing” and perused “being.” It led me to three conclusions:
- I am not alone.
- You aren’t either.
- We should consider each other.
It makes all the difference in the world.
It actually turns you into a human who is worthy of being.