Who I Am vs What I Do

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It seems that the busier I get with work, the more I lose touch with who I am. Even when I really enjoy my job and identify with a shared corporate mission, I feel like my true self is taking a back seat.

I fall into bad habits: laziness and food addiction. I give so much of myself to the company all week, I want to be pampered as compensation. On weekends, I nap during back-to-back movies. I munch on chips and chocolate, and have dinner delivered.

Then I feel guilty, because I’m not really DOing anything with my time off. I beat myself up for making unhealthy choices.

And that’s not who I am.

In current society, it’s acceptable to gauge what we DO with a higher value than who we ARE. We’re expected to do things that have a (sometimes arbitrary) financial figure attached to it. This further translates into possessions we own as a marker of our value in society.

What we contribute through doing, is greatly impacted by who we are being.

Who I am, is more about the qualities inherent in my soul. Despite my physical or mental capacities, or what I choose to do moment-by-moment, these traits remain everlasting.

So today onward, “I am” is my mantra for hitting the reset button when I get lost in the forest of DOing. I am convinced that by continuously asking myself, “Who am I?”, I can ensure I am consciously realigning with my life purpose as I veer and stray off the path of the intentional life I desire to live.

Who I Am vs What I Do © February 21, 2016 | Annie Zalezsak

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Be or Do

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The ‘spiritual path’ seems to focus on being. Some take that to mean the absence of doing; others view it as meditation, or being mindful (present-moment awareness) in the midst of any action.

“I am a human being, not a human doing. …
If you are what you do, then when you don’t… you aren’t.”
— Dr. Wayne Dyer

While I understand this well, there are things that I can experience as a human being, that involves doing. All kinds of doing. And there’s so much I want to do.

In fact, sometimes I’m overwhelmed by all the doing that I want to fit in. The fun kind of doing. I want to travel, paint, dance, write, swim, and go to qi gong classes.

Then there’s the doing that I have to do, in order that I may be. Work, bathe, eat. Sometimes, all I want to do is the bare bones basics.

… you will never get it done.  — Abraham-Hicks

Ain’t that the truth. Even if you tick off every item on your bucket list, there are endless options to add on.

For me, life is not a choice between being or doing. It’s not even about balance between the two.

My spiritual path feels more like I’m ‘accepting’. Relaxing into each moment, whatever is happening (or not), and making the best of it.

Be or Do © November 20, 2015 | Annie Zalezsak