I believe hard work is important in life, for many reasons, foremost of which is that we’re taking responsibility for ourselves, our lives and our loved ones. Additional benefits are sense of purpose and achievement. It’s what I call “doing”.
But what then of the “being” part of being a human being ? As someone clever pointed out, we’re “human beings” not “human doings”, for a reason …
AND I believe that writer’s block, or any other kind of creative block, could have it’s roots in too much doing, not enough being.
There’s a balance to be had between doing nothing, ie just being and the doing stuff.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
The benefits of just being – are that we get to relax, rest and remember what it’s like not to be rushing around like a person possessed. Different people like to be “doing” different things for their “being” time … for me walking and listening to music factor quite high on my list … as do eating pizza … others may prefer meditation, or whatever their spirituality provides for the “being” part of their faith, such as prayer.
I realised sometime ago that we can’t be blogging 24/7, and so I have patches where I put the blog down and do something else, that’s not blogging. I find when I come back to blogging, I’m fresh and ready for what’s next, creativity restored and revived. It’s back to something I’m doing because I’m enjoying it, again 🙂 … the same can be applied to any endeavours where extended focus and effort are required …
Other things I like to do in my “being time” are :
- Making “real” things, small engineering projects – I’m handy with a Dremel
- Photography, well the shooting part anyway.
- Watching movies
- Reading without purpose
- Oh, and not making lists !
Whilst of course carefully steering away from things that are becoming “doing”, if possible.
Hard work is great and admirable, but not to the extent that you’re gonna burn yourself out in the process.
So, that’s my 30 minute blog for today … Take a break if you need one, put that technology down, switch it off and go do something that’s not “doing” …
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