An excellent life story exercise for groups

In 2005, I joined a men’s group. Eight of us get together for two hours every fortnight. One man chooses a topic and leads the meeting. A couple of months ago, Brent offered the following life story exercise via a preparatory email sent in advance:

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Living from Being not Doing

Kant_foto“To be is to do.”


Sartre 5187761281_e73d355b34_m“To do is to be.”


Sinatra 2598810597_39480a3bcd_m“Do-be-do—do-be-do”

It is common to think that we are defined by what we do:

Doing –> Being

The problem then becomes: What should we do to be the person we want to be?

This leads to a lifetime trying to do the right thing, so we might be who we think we should be.

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