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November 24, 2014

Journey of Life: Is it About Being or Becoming?

journey of lifeRecently I read something that really got me thinking and I went on a thinking journey.

I’m going to rephrase what I read to better convey the thought of what I read, plus a thought I want to convey that may lead to a fuller and more rewarding life.

Journey of Life

Here’s my version of what I read. What I actually read can be found at the end of this article.

Maybe the journey of life is not about becoming something or someone. Maybe the journey is simply about unbecoming everything you were never meant to be until all that remains is the person God intended you to be from the very beginning.

So often we are driven to achieve and to accomplish – so focused and so intent on becoming something or someone we desire that we forget to simply be. Maybe we have it only part right with that mindset and perhaps much is missed with that singular approach to life.

Maybe the journey of life is about unbecoming. And, unbecoming taken to the extreme is simply…being. Maybe part of the journey of life is simply about being more loving, being more caring, being more understanding, being more patient, being more kind, being more generous, being more hopeful, being more appreciative, being more present, being more available, being more attentive, being more empathetic, being more sympathetic, and being more forgiving. Have any of us have mastered that list?

What is more challenging? Mastering that list of being, or becoming a doctor, or world leader, or successful businessman, or inventor? And, things that are more challenging tend to bring greater rewards, don’t they? So maybe there is more reward in simply being rather than becoming.

Life leaves us with many questions and sometimes so few answers. The German poet, Rilke, wrote the following words 111 years ago – words that provide no answers to life’s questions, but rather suggest a pathway to find them.

have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves… Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now… And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

Many times we cannot think our way to the answers. Sometimes the answers only come from living. But, not plodding along each day like we sometimes do simply trying to get through or survive the day. But, rather from really living each day and letting each day move us and touch us. Living by getting the most from the day and making the most of each day – making the most of each and every situation we may find ourselves. And, maybe truly living each day becomes easier when we simply focus on being rather than becoming.

Perhaps, it’s in the quest of simply being that the answers to life’s questions become better revealed. Maybe if we focused more on simply being and being better in all we do that perhaps then someday far in the future, we each will gradually, without even noticing it, become the person God intended us to be.

Just a thought!

What I actually read was this, Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so that you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.

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Dr. Joe Jacko


Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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