The phrase “human being” often gets lost on us. Most of us are “human doings” – so wrapped up in accomplishing tasks or our To Do List. Or we are obsessed with what situation or people might be in our future that will finally bring us happiness. In this case, we are “human becomings”. We believe we need to strive to become or that something or someone outside of us will make us more worth-while and lovable. We’re caught in our heads – always trying to figure out what will make “it” happen for us. We are SO obsessed with what we are meant to be that we totally miss out on what we are – beautiful, vibrant spiritual beings.
Below, Eckhart Tolle explains his perception of what I just described:
It’s almost a joke, how humans live – how they look for something where it can never be found. How they look for themselves – the completion of their sense of self. . .in the future – in some next moment. And how compulsively they are driven to seek the next moment . . . how compulsively they ignore and even actively resist this moment. (This moment is) the door that is always open. Not realizing that future has no reality except as a thought in our heads.
One of the most wonderful discoveries I’ve made in my spiritual studies is that we are complete – we are perfect just the way we are. We aren’t worth any more if we accomplished something we deem as extremely important today than we would be if we sat around and did nothing all day! We are loved and adored just the same regardless! (For a listmaker like me, that took some digesting, but now that I get it, I revel in it!)
The lesson in this for me is that it’s more important to stop obsessing about my list of To Do’s and to spend this moment with those I care about. I’ll never get these moments back, but I can get the other stuff done eventually – or maybe it doesn’t HAVE to get done at all!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going out to blow bubbles with my granddaughter! 🙂
Never let a problem to be solved, become more important than a person to be loved.