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Do Be Do Be Do

Updated on August 17, 2011
Just Be-ing
Just Be-ing

No, this is not a chorus of Frank Sinatra's "Stranger in the Night".....although it seems to have that rhythm. While it seems logical that we are human beings having a physical experience, we are really mostly human doings. It is rare that we take the time to "Be" and enjoy the momentary pleasures that surround us in this life.

Instead of focusing on the present, we fixate on the future, or wallow in the past, and miss what is stretched right out in front of us awaiting our focus. There is not much work in "being", but it is hard not to "do" because it is something we are taught to accept.

"What are you doing?"

"Being."

It reminds me of the old Who's on First shtick that Abbot and Costello introduced to us, a play on words that offered us a chuckle and made us realize the power of words.

Be-ing is not wasting time. Be-ing is defining the moment, grasping it, taking it all in as if for the first time. It is relishing the senses. It is refining our sensibilities. "To be or not to be, that is the question!" and yet, we take no time to "be", we instead "do". There are many people so uncomfortable with silence that they find something to "do" to fill up their minds with sound.

There is nothing wrong with doing, but it needs to be balanced with being.

The old adage of taking time to "stop and smell the roses" falls on deaf ears these days. We are so wrapped up in doing, and keeping moving, and spending time in a rush, we cease to "be" the soulful being who is merely having a human experience. We are doers...so deep in "doo" we literally stink of it.

Can we change course? Sure, if we are aware we are not on it! How many of us take time to even consider the idea we are missing out on something as precious as be-ing?

Take time to be. Step away from the do-do.

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    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Hi Fennelseed...

      I love being and not doing...and I love long intimate conversations with my family members about "life" too. I find it so wonderful you understand me...and need to read your hillside hub! Thanks for coming by and reflecting with me....and just being!

    • Fennelseed profile image

      Annie Fenn 

      7 years ago from Australia

      I couldn't agree more and I recently wrote a hub called hillside dreaming. My son and I used to chat about the huge emphasis in life of "having to have and having to be" what society dictates, instead of just being ourselves. There is so much expectation and pressure put on young people to be with it, out there, trendy etc, when as you say, the pleasure of just being is lost.

      Being is living, living and enjoying each moment for what it is - "having to be" what the media dictates, beautiful, fashionable, succesful, wealthy sets up a life time of longing and failing.

      Love your words!

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      bowing deeply...thanks Acer!

    • Mentalist acer profile image

      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I never get bored while be-ing...a thoughtful and important piece Aley.;)

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