Daily Archives: November 4, 2010

Being vs. Having

Sometimes when I hear a phrase it strikes a chord inside my soul.  (Probably one reason why I love to read so much).  Who knows why we are attracted to certain words- whether it is because a certain saying applies to us or we wish to aspire to it or we simply love the way it sounds.

Here is one of mine tonight…

The most important things are not things at all.

To Have or To Be (1976) was Erich Fromm’s last major work. In it he says that two ways of existence were competing for ‘the spirit of mankind’ – Having and Being. Having is explained as longing for possessions to find meaning. Being meaning engaging in living “in the moment” and fining meaning in our relationships and what we share.

So are you having or being? Thinking back, it seems that a lot of people were their happiest when they didn’t have much.  A simpler life is something I am going to work towards.  A great example is kids loving the box the toy came in more than the toy. Remember those days???

What is a way you can practice being Happy?

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!