Human doings

Something to think about:

“We are so used to being busy that we treat it as an essential characteristic of the good life.  Ask people how they are doing and they will often answer by telling you how busy they are.  It has become a mark of success–as if someone who is not busy must certainly be leading an unfulfilling and unsuccessful life.  If we are busy, we feel that life is meaningful.

“Human beings have become human doings.  Simply being feels like not enough–perhaps even personal failure. . . . But our problem is deeper than busyness.  Tragically, we live much of our lives on automatic pilot.  we go through our days as sleep walkers–unaware of God’s presence, inattentive to God’s gifts and invitations, and failing to be present to either ourselves or God. We fail to notice God in the ordinary events of our ordinary days.  God is present–in the world around us, in the people whom we encounter and in our work.  Sadly, it we who are absent.”  (Juliet Benner, Contemplative Vision)