Just read this great short essay on the value of just “being” and not placing all our value and meaning in life on “what we do.” The author stresses that learning to “be” helps us to be better able to accept and love ourselves…which of course enables us to truly love others.  The essayist shares a poem by Lynn Ungar to illustrate this message.  Life transitions, whether due to aging, an illness, an injury, (to name a few), can leave us questioning our worth especially when we can no longer “do” what we did before.  Take in what this essayist and poet have to say – and remind yourself regularly.

Read the essay from OnBeing  “In our busy lives, a reminder from Parker Palmer that what matters most is not our ability to produce but our ability to love, and to just be. With a poem by Lynn Ungar.”