You are a human being. That should be no surprise to you. What may be surprising is how few people in this world live as human beings. Somewhere along the way humanity as a whole shifted from living as human being to living as human doings. Society has conditioned you to believe that doing is better than being, that doing leads to accomplishments and that there is very little value in being.
Look around you today for examples of how restless people are when they can’t be doing something. You can see it anywhere that people are forced to stop doing and just be. Last fall I spent 3 days at Disney World with my sister and two nephews. Watching and observing people’s behaviors, words, energy and emotions are something I love to do. It was crazy to watch what happens to people when they have to stand still and wait. Most people I observed fell into one of two categories. One category of people had to start doing something. For many their cell phones were what distracted them from the stillness. They were more content scrolling through the latest Facebook posts or scanning emails than being still. The second category of people is those who didn’t have a distraction readily available. This group of people became restless, impatient and many times emotions began to escalate. I watched people go from appearing to be happy to an emotionally triggered state of frustration and anger as though the stillness was unbearable.
Be conscious of this in the world around you. Watch anywhere people have to stand in line and they are forced into stillness. You will observe these two categories of people.
As I observed the reaction people had when they were forced into stillness I wondered what the world would be like if we got back to being human beings instead of human doings. What if you and I chose to break the conditioning we have been given by society and we embraced the stillness? What if you and I took that moment of stillness to be grateful for who we are and the experience we are having? What if we used the stillness to consciously open our hearts to love and light, fill ourselves up and give it forward to those around us? Or what if we chose to be present in the stillness and find wonder in all that was happening around us?
I encourage you to be conscious of whether you are living your life as a human being or a human doing. You can consciously choose to embrace the stillness and connect to being. You are that powerful!
How do you react when you are forced into stillness? What have you observed in others when they are forced into stillness? Are you living your life as a human being or a human doing? Share your thoughts and feelings with our sisterhood. We all learn and grow as we share!