Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Being, Doing, Having

I once wrote a quote which, at the time, I thought to be brilliant and unique, Be More, Don't Have More. OK, so it might need a little polishing but you can see where I was going, right?

Years later, I stumbled across a wonderful book (that had been written years before my clever quote) called Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain.

She said, "being, doing and having are like a triangle where each side supports the other. Often people attempt to live their lives backward - they try to have more things or money, in order to do what they want, in order to be happier." I think she's onto something! "The way it actually works" she continued, "is the reverse. You must first be who you are, then do what you need or want to do, in order to have what you want." Isn't she the clever girl!

Today, if you have a few spare moments do a quick bubble graph (come on, it's fun and you deserve a few minutes just for you). On top of the page, list and circle all the things that describe who you want to be (mine says things like positive, fun, present). Next, list and circle what you want to do once you are being who you want to be (mine includes write songs, help people, make short movies). And last, list in bubbles what you want to have (I was surprised by how short this list was, but mine included things like eat excellent food and have fun and funky clothes for performing).

I want to hear what you come up with and see if there was anything that surprised you.



  1. Hi Dawnya! I found you on mid-chix. Great start to your blog! Looking forward to future posts. I'll keep coming back.

  2. Here's what "bubbled" up for me.

    Who do I want to be?

    Fun, powerful, inspiring, wise, caring.

    What do I want to do with that?

    Help people be more like the people they'd like to be. Laugh more. Learn more. Know less. Act. Write. Just be.

    What do I want to have?

    Friends, a couple of good fly rods, time to use them, time to appreciate the time I spent using them, More dark for star gazing. Good wine. Warm weather and yard games.

    pretty easy.