It is time to re-post this blog about being and having. It was one of my first blog entries and recently, I was thinking about this time in my life and how important this moment. I just may have been inspired to re -post after reading this excerpt from Joan Chittister book, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully.
“The world has been upside down for so long, it is almost impossible to believe anymore that the meaning of life is not about doing. The notion that it is about being – being caring, being interested, being honest, being truthful, being available, being spiritual, being involved with the important things of life, of living – is so rare, so unspoken of, as to be obtuse. We don’t even know what meaning means anymore.”
My Being Story
I moved to Boston right after high school. I loved it! I immediately met 2 au-pair French girls and despite our language barrier ( I spoke a little French and they spoke a little English) we hit it off ( it may have also helped that we were foreigners in America).
One of our first conversations was about “to have” and “to be.” They spoke how they noticed in America, that people had a “to have” mentality, whereas, in Europe it was more of a “to be” way of thinking. This had a huge impact on me and I still think about it today and how it applies to my lifestyle.
I have given a few lectures on how this relates to our health. Do we “have health” or are we “to be health?” It is somewhat of a combination of both but it definitely begins with being healthy. Your everyday awareness to the health of your body is what will determine your having health. Our bodies want to be healthy but in order for the body to have health some conscious lifestyle choices are required.
I encourage everyone to make healthy lifestyle choices – finding ways to relief stress, breathing deeply, eating whole colourful foods and just, well, being present!