Being Someone

Reflections for contemplative living

Why are we working so hard? What are we striving toward? Do we want to achieve some important accomplishment, or do we want to be someone we respect? Naturally we don’t have just one aim. We have many goals and hopes, but what are the most important ones? When we focus on becoming the best kind of person we know how to be, we leave behind all our anxieties about how well we can perform.

We still need to accomplish tasks and do our work, but the important thing now is the kind of person we are while we are doing them. Are we honest? Are we considerate of others? Is our heart open to the world? Do we take responsibility for our actions? When we fulfill the personal qualities that we admire, we can allow ourselves some slack for mistakes and imperfection in our achievements.

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.

Coco Chanel

Lord, thank you for drawing me to be someone I respect, being someone not something.

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