“Most of us have fallen into the trap of living backwards. The common life is defined as one that goes like this: Have it – do it – be it. In other words, the things you “have” define what you “do” and that “creates” who you are. This commerce-centered existence says that if you have enough of the right things – houses, jeans, Ferraris, watches, friends – and do enough of the right things – perfect job, work out, run for office, hit the sales goal – you can be what you want to be. So, how’s it working for you so far? That’s what I thought.
The path to finding your voice involves reversing the order. “Being” just as you are comes first – with no strings attached – the good, the bad and the ugly…Yeah, it takes work, but here’s the cool part: once you reverse the order, the more you “be” and the less you “do,” the more you’ll “have.”
John St. Augustine, in “Living an Uncommon Life”
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