Four Letters: DO (vs.) BE

Last week I was doing the dishes thinking about hanging out, doing nothing.

I wasn’t wishing I was doing nothing, I was just thinking about what it means to do nothing.

Hang out.


Read, or watch a movie, or watch mindless television.  Sit on the couch and just do nothing.

I’m not a busy-body, but I’m not a do nothing person, either.  My wife and I cut our honey moon short because we were so anxious to move into our first new (to us) apartment and start to doing stuff in our new (to me) town.

We have a hard time being, because we are driven to do.

Is this good or bad?

I think there needs to be a healthy balance, and I’m not convinced I’ve figured that out yet.

1 thought on “Four Letters: DO (vs.) BE

  1. Rosemary

    Jason – I have the same affliction and I think the constant borage of electronic communications gets in the way of ‘doing nothing’. My 20-something daughter recently abdicated from Facebook because she didn’t want that borage. It taught me an important lesson about being in the moment, in tune with what oneself is doing/not doing.

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