Being and Doing

Published Oct 12, 2021 (2 years ago)
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As I continue to enjoy my time relaxing, recharging, and rebooting during my sabbatical, I came across some wise words by a wizard named Ged about keeping balance in our life...

Try to choose carefully, Arren, when the great choices must be made. When I was young, I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are.

The Archmage Ged, from The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin

Only a couple of weeks in so far, I've found an immense relief in just being. Time with family, time running, time enjoying a slower pace, it has refreshed my soul like no other. It also helps clear my mind for acts yet to be done, decisions that will come, and the continued course of life, wherever the good Lord will guide it.

That I have waited so long to give myself these gaps between acts seems rather baffling. It is something I will make sure does not take this long to occur again.