Learn to ‘be’ before trying to ‘be more’

Be more. Be Loras. It’s no secret that the Loras community is notorious for overcommitment both in and out of the classroom. One student is running on two days of no sleep in preparation for their club’s big event while another is busy studying for their 22 credits worth of classes. A professor tries to juggle leading an entire department and its associating organization while also making time for his family. Without the context of the four Loras dispositions, it would seem that this popular phrase glorifies busy culture and operating on overdrive all the time. By being more, it’s implied that the Loras community strives for excellence in every facet, encompassing everything from academics to service to the community. Loras has an edge that other schools don’t. That is what is meant by being more.

However, we are missing the point: that the things we do are meant to intentionally better us so that we can simply be better people. The common school of thought that surrounds the popular phrase is one of dissatisfaction; that if there isn’t something that I’m immediately good at right away, I need to a.) figure out exactly what I need to do in order to be good at it and get ahead, and b.) find something else as soon as possible. Perhaps it’s driven by a fear of never living comfortably due to student loans, or maybe it’s because none of us want to disappoint others. Maybe the fear of missing out drives us to do too much and worry about what we won’t be rather than what we are. Regardless of what it is, the overwhelming sense of inadequacy is too present, and that’s damaging.

Students are so caught up in doing things that they fail to do as the phrase states and just ‘be.’ How is anyone supposed to learn how to just be if they’re too caught up doing? Remember that regardless of how wonderful doing great things may be, satisfaction is found in peace.

And guess what, you are enough with all that, you are. It’s not about the gross value you add to the community or what your resume will look like or even what they’ll write in your obituary. With that, we need to take a step back and do less in order to be more. If our lives are filled to the brink with the things we do then we’ll be too busy to reap the benefits of being better.

Perhaps it’s time to rethink what it means to be more. Loras wouldn’t ever advocate something that would hurt it’s community. Maybe being more isn’t the same as doing more.

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