cultivating the art of becoming

For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, and a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.

Michelle Obama

We live in a culture of arrival or, “Are we there yet?!”

Our success often defined by the seemingly definitive high point of acclamation.  Our data-driven obsession as a culture trips us up constantly when life doesn’t go the way we think it should.  We accumulate our results by the number of followers, the number of people in a room or how busy we perceive that we are!

What is sad about this focus on arrival and in destinations of success, is that we lose sight of the pilgrimage of growth that happens along the way.

Psalm 119: says it this way.

“You’re blessed when you stay on course. Walking steadily in the direction and road revealed by God.”

Psalm 119 (the message)

It doesn’t say you’re blessed when you get everything you want.

It doesn’t say you’re blessed when you arrive at a destination.

It doesn’t say you’re blessed when you have a perfect life.

It does say however, you are blessed when you stay the course.

Our life is found in the movement along the path of becoming.

Becoming more ourselves

Becoming still

Becoming less

This is cultivating the art of becoming.

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth