Human beings not human doings

I wrote in my blog, How to hack into the happiness, that we need to take the focus off doing, and start being. While it’s important to maintain a to-do list, it’s even more important to remember to be.

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Imagine a life without stopping to smell the roses, listening to a child laugh, singing in the shower, or turning your head to the sky on a crisp summer night to gaze at the stars. Imagine never spending time with your family or friends, never relishing in their achievements, never sympathising with their pain. Life would be pointless, and happiness hard to truly comprehend.

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To spread the word, I published my blog to Facebook with the question What if being came first, and doing came second? While I loved reading the many comments about how people have hacked into happiness, I was particularly inspired by Colin Sprake, who said: “That's who we are Human Beings NOT Human Doings”

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Colin is absolutely right. We are human beings because we think, move and communicate in a heightened way. We have the ability to be in the moment, to cooperate, understand, appreciate, reconcile and love – and that’s what sets us apart from most of other species.

We are human beings not human doings – let’s start acting like it, by taking the time simply to be and appreciate the fruits of life. Remember to be as well as to do, and if that proves hard, add it as a bullet point to your next to-do list.

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I enjoy sifting through the comments I receive on social media. I love checking in on what you have to say and am often inspired and humbled by your thoughts, suggestions and reactions. Do keep them coming, and I’ll keep replying to as many as possible.

When was the last time you took a moment to be? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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