Life Is a Process of Becoming

2009 December 1
by Grace Boyle

“Life is a process of becoming. A combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” -Anais Nin*

In life, we focus on goals and reaching a destination. What about the process of becoming?

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We cling to definitions, beliefs, our jobs and relationships as who we are. It makes my head spin when I try to figure out me (right now) versus being present, accepting life as it comes and welcoming new opportunity that may come out of nowhere, but has the potential to change your course in life.

Resisting change is a mistake.

During this holiday season, I can’t help but think of where I’ve come, what I’ve gained and what I’ve lost. Some of my closest friends are currently facing heartache and loss and being the empathetic ENFP that I am, it hurts. Yet, I don’t focus on the loss. I focus on the future, excitement and relishing in the surprise.

Let life become. Just trust.

*[I have a thing for Anais Nin. She has a poignant and beautiful voice.]

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  • ericaprather

    Just finished listening to book on tape “Who Moved My Cheese” which deals with this very subject. Also love the quote “The journey is the reward”

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  • http://www.amandalinehan.com/ Amanda Linehan

    Hi Grace – For a long time I have been trying to “get” somewhere. I think I'm finally coming to realize that wherever that is, I'm already there. I like your idea of “becoming” because it implies that once you “get” somewhere there will just be somewhere new to get to. So you might as well just enjoy the ride :)

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  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.blogspot.com Grace Boyle

    @Amanda This is so well-said. I'm guilty of trying to “get” somewhere but often once we “get there” it's not what we want and we realize, there's another journey to go on. It's perpetual. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

  • Lauren

    Grace— Great post, especially since a big change is ahead of me! I am also a huge fan of Anais Nin, the quote you chose is among my favorites! Also great photo, was this for World AIDS day???

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.blogspot.com Grace Boyle

    @Lauren Thanks, it's short and simple. I'm glad you like Anais and her quote. It's beautiful. No, it wasn't for World AIDS day but it definitely could have been, huh?

  • Lauren

    Grace— Great post, especially since a big change is ahead of me! I am also a huge fan of Anais Nin, the quote you chose is among my favorites! Also great photo, was this for World AIDS day???

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.blogspot.com Grace Boyle

    @Lauren Thanks, it's short and simple. I'm glad you like Anais and her quote. It's beautiful. No, it wasn't for World AIDS day but it definitely could have been, huh?

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