being and becoming

I took some flower pics for fun this morning. I’m still struggling with the whole balance thing, I always feel like I should be doing chores or only taking the kind of iStock photos that sell well. I wonder if it’s mostly an American problem, always feeling like we need to be doing something that will make money or accomplish some kind of work related goal? We do tend to be a workaholic society. Why is it when we do something solely to feed our spirit we feel guilty, even though we know in our hearts that at the end of our lives we aren’t going to wish we had spent more time at the office or vacuuming the floors! Hmm, so I think I’ll take a me day today, do some creative stuff, read, meditate, maybe even watch the grass grow (really, I sprinkled grass seed this week outside my office window and it’s cool and rainy so it’s going to sprout any minute now!). But first, I should throw the wet towels in the dryer before they start growing mold, empty the dishwasher, clean off my messy desk…

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.  ~Matthew Arnold

5 thoughts on “being and becoming

  1. I know, its so true. I feel guilty taking time to read a book during the day, like the worlds going to end or something!

  2. Balance is always a hard thing for me to0. Like right now I should be making lunch instead of catching up on blogs… 😉

  3. I know what you mean. I get “twitchy” if I am not doing at least three things at once. I wouldn’t call it guilty per se, but twitchy. Like my body cannot be idle.

    I threw a load of laundry in the wash before I left for work so now I just need to remember to throw it in the dryer when I get home ;0

    Enjoy your “me” day!

  4. Lil, I was definitely a workaholic.. BUT–I’ve made up for it now. Once I retired, I relaxed and can ‘smell the roses’ each and every single day!!!!! I love retirement –and don’t miss the ‘rat-race’ at all!!!!

    BUT–I’m extremely busy now–getting ready to leave on vacation on Sat. morning. If I don’t comment as much, please forgive me.


  5. I don’t know what it’s like to have a day off. I’ve worked seven days a week for the past two years, even if it’s an hour on the seventh day, I’m still showing up. I’m hoping our move back to New England will have me doing less work and living more. I wish there were classes in setting boundaries 😉

    I love your photos. You could snap a picture of a bottle cap and I’d want to frame it! The black background and the white blossoms are a delicious contrast. And I love your bumpy daughter in the white dress against the white clapboards. Nice.
    What kind of camera do you have? I’m in the market for an SLR.

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