How to Be Here
by Rob Bell
I don't do this very often, but every once in awhile I read a book that really strikes me or impacts me and I can't wait for my monthly recap to share. I was waiting to board a plane on Wednesday and due to some fun thunderstorms going through the Chicago area I was delayed for several hours. So I pulled this book out of my bag and started reading.
I had heard about this book on the "What to read next" podcast by Anne Bogel. It caught my interest because the reader was talking about feeling "burned out" at work and how this book really helped answer some questions about how to handle work/life issues.
Overall I think this book is more "life coaching" than just one's profession/work. The following are some of the quotes that really spoke to me when reading this book.
pg 9 What you do with your life is fundamentally creative work. The kind of life you lead, what you do with your time, how you spend your energies- it's all part of how you create your life.
pg 50 The more you do the work, the more you build muscle for that particular work.
pg 51 Everybody starts with a blank page, then everybody starts from the same place.
Such a good reminder. We all start from the same place. Blank page- it's up to us to create our masterpiece on it.
Part 3 of the book is title "The Japanese have a word for it".... that word is "ikigai".
pg 56 Ikigai- sense you have when you wake up that this day matters, that there are new experiences to be had, that you have work to do, a contribution to make.
Lovely word and meaning. Maybe I'll be posting this on my bathroom mirror to remind me that this day does matter, I have work to do and contributions to make. ~ Ikigai
pg 62 Getting a paycheck for doing that thing you love may actually ruin it.
Kind of gut check- maybe the grass isn't as green on the other side of the fence. Getting a paycheck may put different expectations and demands on one's profession/career path- and those stressors/expectations could change your passion/love.
pg 84 Success says what more can I get? Craft says, can you believe I get to do this?
pg 86 What would it look like for you to approach tomorrow with a sense of honor and privilege, believing that you have work to do in the world, that it matters, that it's needed, that you have a path and you're working your craft?
pg 153 If you feel stuck in your life, like it's passing you by, like there's something way better for you somewhere out there and you're missing it, try this- try throwing yourself into the small things and repeating to yourself "This is where I start".
I like this idea of "This is where I start" as a mantra or meditation that will remind me to be where I am. Focus on small things and with making those small great bigger things will come. Sometimes the small things really are those that matter the most.
pg 157 The details of your life are vital to your staying true to your path.
pg 158 How you do anything is how you do everything.
pg 159 The details matter... there is a difference between details and clutter.
pg 161 Our external environments mirror our internal lives.
So much good stuff in this book. Hope I haven't given away too much and I hope I have given enough away that makes you want to read this book.
So many things are constantly going on in life. The world is ever changing. Negativity seems to reign these days. Every minute is another minute gone and another memory or moment made or lost depending on how you see it. This book was a quick read and a great reminder of how precious life is. We all start from the same place. A blank slate awaiting some great creation! We all have the ability to create whatever life we desire. Sometimes one just needs a little nudge from some great writing by Rob Bell.
Happy summer reading.