I was on the road last week and and saw this post on BBC travel entitled “Why The French Don’t Show Excitement”. BBC does a great job with their headlines and this one tickled my fancy…regardless of how any of us may feel about the French and emotions.
But early in the article there was a quote from a French teacher that gave me pause for thought. Mostly because it spoke to the hectic, never ending tasks and unrelenting busy lives we have created for ourselves. So here it is…
“You Americans,” he said, “live in the faire [to do]. The avoir [to have]. In France, we live in the être [to be].”
If we could only learn to do and have less, we could actually simply be.