Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

I am a human being. Doing is optional.



My new flower bed

It was an idyllic day. Sublimely so.

A decision to create a flower bed in the backyard. Hours of hard labour, a satisfying result and an afternoon to kick-back and relax under an umbrella, reading a spy novel, sipping lemonade, listening to bird-song and squirrel chatter.


Ellie the Wonder Pooch

I don’t often read novels. In fact, when I decided to sit back and R&R I pulled out one of my many ‘here’s how to change your life and mindset to get what you want in life’ kind of books and settled in on a comfy lawn chair to read. The heat, the words, the message blurred and I fell asleep in the shade of the lilac bush that sits at the edge of the deck. When I awoke, I looked at the list of other things I had to do, and decided, they weren’t getting done. I was going to indulge myself in sheer escapism literature and an afternoon of unscheduled time. Fortunately for me, C.C. loves spy novels and thrillers so there was an ample supply of them to choose from for my afternoon of indulgence.

Marley the Great Cat

Marley the Great Cat

yesterday, I chose to ‘do different’. I chose to not live to my schedule, to not fill my time with doing, doing, doing and simply let myself be.

At peace. At one. At ease with myself, my world and where I am in it.

Like the butterfly who spent countless minutes simply sipping at the nectar of a flower, I let myself sip gratefully at the unstructured time before me.

It was delicious! Delectable. Juicy.

Later, when a girlfriend came for dinner, we sat on the deck and laughed and shared and chatted about life. She is one of the most amazing people I know. Where once alcohol blurred her vision of who she was and what she deserved in life, Sobriety now graces her every action. She sees, hears, feels clearly what it means to be human.

I get so tired of people asking me, what am I going to do next,” she said as we cleared the dinner dishes and brought them inside from where we’d been eating on the deck. “I’ve decided. I’m not a human doing. I’m a human being.”

I spent a quiet afternoon being at peace with where I was at. Reading. Relaxing. Not really thinking about what needed to get done. Not thinking about what I was thinking about, and what I was going to do next or why or how I was going to get it all done. I simply sat back and didn’t think.

I dug into my human being and let myself be.

IMG_4600It was delicious.

Now, where did I put that list. It’s Monday. I’ve got a lot to do and not enough time to do it all in.

Ahhh. How quickly I forget.

I am a human being. Doing is optional. What I do is my choice. How I do it is who I am.

And sometimes, to do my best, I need to give myself a break. Kick back and savour each moment as it passes by simply watching the birds and bees and butterflies busily doing their thing!

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

9 thoughts on “I am a human being. Doing is optional.

  1. I would like to start my comments with something rather than LOVED IT!!! But what can I say?
    I did.
    I felt as if I were with you right there.
    I work 8 hours a day + and so when I have a day off. I don’t like to have to report to anyone else, even me!
    My husband has a habit of asking me “What are you going to do today?” And wants to know times etc….
    I know he is just curious… concerned… etc… but even when I go visit someone.. I will politely tell them when to expect me so I am not leaving the ones expecting me hanging but as long as I know when I need to be there… I may add in a plan to stop at a few shops along the way (since I live in a completely no mall kind of town!) And I just want to lesiurely get there. Or I may tell them a few hours later so I don’t need to rush but my husband always needs to know when I am leaving. ARGH!!! I am leaving when I leave! Okay? LOL.
    So I GET giving yourself permission to just hang out with YOU and do whatever you wanted! Love it! Whoops said it again! πŸ˜‰


    • I love that you loved it! πŸ™‚ It is a challenge though itsn’t it? To just be in the moment without the pressure of doing — it sounds like you’ve embraced it and are living it. Yeah! (love the conversation with your husband. πŸ™‚ )


  2. Lovely, lyrical, poetic. Thanks for the reminder that being human is often enough.


  3. I like that phrase “I am a human being. Doing is optional” yes I have times when I feel just like that


  4. Love it, love it, love it. This is my world in a nutshell at the moment. When everyone else is so hung up on what I am doing next, I will now reply I am a human simply ‘being’

    Yay for you that you just downed tools and allowed yourself to be


  5. Thanks Fi! I’m always surprised by hard it can be to simply be! πŸ™‚


  6. “I am a human being. Doing is optional”
    How profound, how true…… but what a huge challenge you have thrown at me today! πŸ™‚


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