Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just Being

I recently posted a request to concentrate on some topics in my post Focus Me… Please. I have gotten two requests to cover the topic "Just Being":

Frogs in my formula said…
Just Being always intrigues me, because I have trouble getting out of my head. Major trouble.
Little Ms Blogger said…
I'm with Frogs in my Formula, I'm intrigued with "Just Being" and would love to see what you can do with it.

So… without further adieu, I will bring you the concept "Just Being".

I am the kind of person who tends to invent tiny catch phrases to explain more profound concepts. The phrase itself "Just Being" may seem confusing to some— so I have decided to break it up into separate parts then piece the two together into a more cohesive whole.

When I use the word "Just" I tend to think of other derivatives of the word such as "Justify". A paragraph can be aligned to the left or the right, but I tend to think a justified paragraph is one that is evenly spread throughout the entire line.
When one is Just they tend to be evenly spread. They are not leaning in any particular direction, and are not swayed by any influences that would align them otherwise.
To quote Shakespeare: "To be, or not to be— that is the question:"
I tend to use the word "Being" interchangeably with the word "Be". The word "Be" can be considered the state— whereas "Being" is more the action of that state. We are in a state of being in that we exist. The fact we do exist makes us be.

We may ask someone if we can be with them. This means that we are asking permission for them to accept our presence. We are creatures who can exist or "Be" along side others. If this simple act of existing does not have any hidden agenda, and does not imply moving either party in some direction— this act is now just. In this case we are now "Just Being" with them.

Do you ever find yourself "Just Being" with someone?


steenky bee said...

My husband and I "just be" with each other on the sofa all the time. Especially during the Olympics. From what you described, "just being", to me, describes perfectly the act of being so comfortable around a person that you don't feel the need to entertain them or fill the void with conversation. It's such a lovely place to "be".

P.S.: are you on twitter or facebook?

Anonymous said...

"Just being" is a wonderful place to be, for those of us who have people we can "just be" with!

Erin said...

This is definitely a philosophical sort of thought, like "I think, therefore I am." I love it when I have the infrequent opportunity to "just be." It kind of grounds me, you know?

Captain Dumbass said...

Right now I'm just being unemployed.

Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

Just being. Ahh...As a mother of three young children, just being is simply a luxury though I am getting better at this in the evenings. I am learning to say "no" to demands that don't support my core values and goals and this has helped me to have more time to "just be". But your post is fantastic. Thanks for the great reminder!

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