Less Doing – More Being 1


I love new years resolutions. I love the purpose they speak to my year, the expectation they lay on my path, hopes set anew.

Each year my husband and I find a cosy cafe and reflect on the year that was, goals achieved (partial or not) and goals that fell off the bandwagon before February!

It has been so satisfying ticking things off the list:

– Travel to Canada TICK

– Start a business TICK

– Buy a house TICK

–  Start Post-grad TICK

– Buy a car TICK

These are all great things. But what they all have in common is ‘doing’, rather than ‘being’.

When I get to the end of my journey, I actually don’t want people to remember me for all the things I did and had. The 4×2 house; enclosed a glossy marriage, 2.5 kids and souvenir’s from 7 continents. Maybe a flashy career chucked in for extra shine.

I want people to remember me for who I am.

And that means I have to resolve every year to not just do, but to be…

– Less gossip, more praise

– Less ego, more humility

– Less task-oriented, more people focussed

– Less exclusive, more inclusive


There is more purpose in being, than there is in doing and having. 

I don’t know about you, but I am far better at doing and achieving than I am at being. Being requires us to stop, escape from the noise of our lives, slow your roll…and ask yourself some really hard questions and answer honestly.

How can we not just ‘do’ better in 2014, how can we be better?

About Karina Chicote

Karina Chicote is a strategic leader for an international child’s rights organisation and writer and presenter on radio for Kin Women. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and has designed and led award-winning programs for Aboriginal children and young people. Karina has worked across the globe on campaigns in London, asylum seeker centres in Papua New Guinea, the UN General Assembly in New York and now leads strategic projects across Western Australia. Karina was a finalist for the WA Youth Work Awards in 2015 and 2016, recognising her leadership and commitment to creating change for the most vulnerable young people in our communities. Above all Karina is a wife to Lance and lover of their Pug Brixton, who amidst the seriousness of changing the world make her laugh, a lot.

One thought on “Less Doing – More Being

  • deb coleman

    So very well said. Too often we are too busy to really
    appreciate what is important…our friends and family to support
    us, animals to give unconditional love and the privelege of living
    in a free country with freedom of choice. How very blessed and
    lucky we are.

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