David was just walking past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the South Bank in London when a quote from Hamlet made him realise he had some fundamental errors in his New Year’s resolutions.
So I set myself a New Year’s resolution of walking more and here I was, in the cold winter sunshine, walking down the South Bank instead of jumping in a cab. “Big tick; well done me!” I said to myself, “now I can justify getting a cab on my return.” A couple of hundred metres later, passed the Tate Modern, I approached The Globe Theatre. I have always enjoyed Shakespeare and decided to see how many quotes I could remember. I got stuck at one…or rather, I became unstuck with one. “To be or not to be, that is the question.” I would imagine this quote from Hamlet would top most lists of famous/most popular words from The Bard. It caused me to reflect on my New Year’s resolutions in a way I hadn’t done before. I had written down ten resolutions just after the turn of the year. I was doing OK on some, had entered the self-bargaining phase on others (like the walking one) and had not even considered, let alone started, five of them. What struck me about all ten was that they were all things to do. I hadn’t considered how I wanted or needed to ‘be’. I then realised this is how I live my life generally. I have work targets that are all things to do or achieve but not ‘be’. I write (or type) to do lists all the time but I have never written a ‘to be’ list. I ask my kids about what they are doing at school rather than how they are ‘being’ at school.
Time for a change…time to think about and commit to how I want to be; today, this week, this year or even always. Time to both be and do…thanks to Shakespeare for knowing, all those years ago, what I needed to unstick my doing habit! Have a go yourself…write some goals or objectives that have the phrase ‘I will be’ in them…and I don’t mean things like ‘I will be walking more!’
Let me know if you need any help with this.