To Be Or Not To Be

“To Be or not To Be?” If that is the question then my answer is “why not both?”

To all the graduates who plan to begin a new life in college; you are doing everything correct in order “to be.” Do not allow anyone to tell you that you cannot be, or that you will never be. Keep believing in what you want to be and achieve your college degree. Become all that you ever dreamed of being. You will be the future…the new teachers, engineers, social workers, etc..

Life is the essential element of being, but not being is a symbolic or literal death of something we had hoped to be. For example, a person hopes to be someone who brings much enrichment to many people on a large scale basis, but instead is “trapped” into a job of bagging groceries. The purpose of being a great minister to others has basically died in the state of “not being” by doing something not desired. Where does one go from there? One route is to let that “failure” drive you to unhealthy and self-destructive habits, or to learn how “to be” while in the state of “not being.” Even while being a bagger of groceries we can enhance our inner life in order to keep our destiny on a positive track. We can be and not be be at the same time. The fruitful life within our emotions, thoughts, behavior, and spirit is the essential element to give us triumph during debasing circumstances.

A flower is able “to be” as it grows into the sunshine with plentiful nutrients flowing through its stem. A wilting flower in adverse climate is not being. Life is the most essential ingredient of being. Likewise, a bird is able to be as it flies to and from to build a nest in a place intended to be called home where eggs are hatched to give new life. To have its wings harmed, unable to nest and having eggs squashed is not being. Life is the essential ingredient of being. To be and not to be at the same time is to choose the ingredients that enhances life while at the same time suffering circumstances that seems to make us appear detached, unwanted, and obsolete in the world in which we live. To be while in the state of not being requires the blossoms of spiritual fruit.

Living is being. Life is in us by the positive activity transpiring through our inner life. Judging what we are according to material standards becomes detrimental to our functioning. Being and not being at the same time is to choose to rely on a fruitful spirit when lacking in worldly gains.

Possessing hatred, cruelty and ill-will towards those who herald their ability “to be” has severe consequences for those who feel held back from being able. Sour social qualities finalize the state of “not being.” Within humble and debase circumstances it is love, kindness, and goodwill that sustains our life and preserves our being.

There is too much violence that occurs due to the attitude of blaming those who obtain success for our lack, failures, and undesirable circumstances. Becoming harsh, aggressive, and relying on physical solutions is the surest way of terminating any form of being. By a meek and gentle spirit of peace we are able to be an extension of life when the world offers nothing.

Optimism is essential within the combination of “being” and “not being.” Even though “we are not” because of negative circumstances, “we are” according to the positive force that sustains life from within our soul. Joy is essential to be able to be happy in whatever circumstances we experience. Faith enables us to be focused on looking forward to tomorrow with fruitful expectations. We overcome despair as we learn “to be” and “not to be” at the same time. Goodness provides the essential element to sustain life by overcoming evilness towards a world that seems to antagonize those who “can’t be.”

The ability to endure is what holds us together as we learn “to be” and not “to be” simultaneously. Perseverance in the face of naysayers is better than giving up on life because of biased opinions towards your activity. Self-control is better than spinning out of control, and patience is better than impatience. The ability to carry on enables life, and enduring is living, and living is being. But, to quit because of a lack of worldly rewards is certain death, and that is not being.

We may not be able to be the social worker, counselor, or minister that we desire to be, but we choose to be loving and kind people of goodwill to continue our life in a constructive manner. This is being and not being at the same time. Likewise, we may not be able to be the peace officer or other entities that brings stability to our communities, but by being a peaceful person of a meek and gentle spirit we give continuance of life to self and others. Again, this is being and not being at the same time. We may not be the inspirational person that inspires optimism in many many people, but we can be a person of faith, joy, and goodness to cherish the sunshine in our own soul while sharing a little smile within our own little world. Again, this is being and not being at the same time. Likewise, we may not be serving in any capacity to grant longevity to the sectors we love so dearly, but we are able to maintain patience, self-control, and perseverance to preserve our own life as we value the eternal spirit in this universe. This is being and not being at the same time. In summary, choose life and shirk off destructive desires. This is how to be and not to be simultaneously. We may feel unwanted and unneeded by standards of this world (which determines our occupation) but by living life through the fruit of the spirit we will permanently be what God intends.

We can assess that there is a question to answer, “To be or not to be?” The diagnosis is that some people will attempt to separate “being” from “not being.” We plan to answer the question by combining the circumstance of not being with being. We implement that plan by allowing the spiritual fruit to live in us when the world tells us we are “nothing.” Success is evident because of the life that shines forth in our spirit through joy, faith, goodness, peace, and love. And that life is in us during whatever lowly circumstance we encounter

Some people live in denial of the ability to combine “being” with “not being.” They apparently detest those who discover fulfillment in life without having to be “successful” by the standards of others. Anger, conflict, and disruption comprise their response to the tranquil peace of those who are “nothing,” but live as those they have achieved everything. Depression, gloom, and despair are hurled at the ones who feel joy and optimism apart from predetermined standards of “being.” They use personal interactions as a bargaining process to drive a wedge between the contentment of “not being” and the driving ambition “to be.” Their intent is to incite chaos by inflaming the desire “to be” while extinguishing the fruitfulness in “not being.” They will never accept those whose sole drive is inner fulfillment through the spiritual fruit.

Populations, or reservoirs, of people exist whose intent is to divide the dual act of “being” and “not being.” They live and grow together with attitudes that “being” means influence, prestiege, money, homes, cars, and all things that people can bestow on one another. In contrast, they classify spiritual qualities as among those who “can’t be.” The attitudes that exit those reservoirs are words and acts that isolate spiritual fulfillment from fabricated fulfillment. By their words, the tangible world is given esteem while spiritual qualities are degraded. By their acts they pursue the things of life according to the encouragement of people while rejecting those of spiritual values. They detest those who feel contentment apart from pursuits of worldly endeavors.

Transferring attitudes about “being” or “not being” can occur in direct or indirect ways. (An attitude is a settled way of thinking about someone or something.) Directly, people become settled into their great paying jobs, family life, home ownership, new cars, and community involvement. Within their success of what others has bestowed upon them, they feel that they “can be.” When they see others who are less integrated in the way that they are, they see fish out of water who… will never be. In those direct ways, social attitudes develop about what constitutes “being” and “not being.” Indirectly, people become disheartened about not being able to achieve the ideal life that they once had in mind. They begin to become emotionally and mentally burdened about those who “can be” while feeling disparaged in “not being” as fortunate. Indirectly, people begin to feel the deep divide between those “who are” and those who “are not.” Even so, the spiritual wealth of abundance within “not being” enables us “to be” a life sustaining entity. The combination of being and not being within the same person enables constructive living within the most distasteful of circumstances.

The attitude of being or not being enters us through our sense of worth and desire to belong socially. Positive reinforcement bolsters our sense of worth to mold us into what others want us to be. Social acceptance makes us feel wanted and loved in the approval of conforming to expectations. However, if positive reinforcement manifests for unfruitful behavior, then we will reject the praise of others because it is not what we consider being. Likewise, if we are socially accepted by people who have no appreciation for a fruitful spirit, then we reject inclusion because it is not being. In a sense, “not being” is an honorable state of living when we intend “to be” through fruitful attitudes. In this case, our worth comes through internal resources of esteem as we make our place of belonging with the internal spiritual fruit.

Those susceptible to rejecting the combination of being and not being are seeking success through the opinions of others. They are willing to drive a wedge between the spirituality within “not being” from “being” according to what others bestow upon them. They are not willing to live a life that combines spirituality with success. They succumb to the constant barrage of naysayers and accept the expectations others have of them. Their life becomes entangled and manipulated by worldly persuasion as their spiritual freedom dwindles away.

We can interrupt the cycle that forces a choice of to be or not to be. Doing that comes about by our willingness “to be” and “not to be” simultaneously. We may not be a success by the standards others have of us, but we are successful according to the standards of the Holy Spirit in us. Even though we are nothing of what we would hope to be, we are everything by the fruit of the spirit living within. By the fruit of love, peace, faith, and perseverance we continue living and being when by the world we are forsaken.

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