In our shallow and material world we are more or less slaves to the system. In some parts of the world more than in others. Up here in the colder parts we are thought at an early age that we need to be someTHING. Why? If we are someTHING we might earn good money. And with money we can collect our new cars, fancy houses and all the material things that we ”need” to prove to others that we have become someTHING.
AND, we can easily answer the question that are mostly the first question we get from new people that we meet; ”so, what do you do for a living?”
Does the answer to that question give them any clue about who they are meeting?
shouldn’t we be asking; ”so, WHO are you?”
To answer this question we actually need to do a lot more thinking….How do I live My life? What have I learned from My life so far? What are My dreams and hopes for the future? What brings me joy, what brings me sadness?
So, by asking that question you need to be prepared to spend some time listening to the answer. You will have to slow down and stay in that very moment, at that very place. Present.
We don’t have time, do we?
Douglas Malloch wrote ”Be the best of whatever you are”
”If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley…but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a bush, be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass…
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew.
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is near.
If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail,
If you can’t be a sun, be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail…
Be the best of whatever you are!”
I’ll just do my best. Living. To be me.