Post # 30 # Being, Belonging and Becoming

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“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” ARISTOTLE

Little things, despite their smallness, make the whole difference in our life, as in the saying goes that the largest ocean is made up of little drops of water. Without the help of nuclear and rocket technology, we can presume that little bit of our life — things we are or we do — can greatly change the quality of our living that is to enjoy all the possibilities of life. Knowing what is of significance can further accentuate these positive effects and thus more quality.

The Quality of Life Research Unit (University of Toronto) distinguishes three areas where we can identify the quality of life: 1. Being 2. Belonging 3. Becoming. So what are these things? Quite abstract it may sound, but there is no room for doubt, for these areas are what we come across everyday. The only thing we need is to be aware about them so that we can fine tune them for potential utilization.

  • Being is what we are; it can be our physical and mental conditions, plus our sense of right and wrong. 
  • Belonging is how we relate to our environment and the place we are a part of. 
  • Becoming is the action that brings result — any kind of result that differentiates us from what we were then and what we are now; for example doing a household chore. 
These are the brief outlines. Life is what happiness is and it will be sheer lacking to discuss it in one go, whether in writing or speaking. All said, a subjective understanding of these things — being aware of life, having a place to muse upon the things that make us and our lives more meaningful and becoming a more ‘knowing’ person — fill some of the vacuum that life has created for humanity. We can start from the little things we are doing now.

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