Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Human Doing?


I call myself a "human being" not a "human doing." That's a neat twist that I came across in James Martin's The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. It reminds me that I want to value being over doing. That was my intention when I retired - to allow more time in the day for just being and a lot less for doing.
It is not easy for many, perhaps most, of us Americans. It is particularly not easy for people, like myself, who made our own schedule when we were working. In the publications I get from the AARP there are often suggestions for how to keep busy in retirement. I still talk with people who can't imagine a retirement given over to doing nothing.
This single plant of columbine might teach me how to be.
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