To Do or Not to Do?


To Do or Not to Do?

To Be Or Not To Be?” That isn’t the question.

Brooding Hamlet’s famous self-absorbed inquiry isn’t the right question today. America as a whole is way too hung up on “to be” identifies, those of political party, class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and, most incredibly, which college one attends. Like Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark, we’re collectively depressed and incapacitated by these “to be” absorptions. The better question is: “To Do or Not To Do”. Forrest Gump’s mother memorably encouraged Forrest to rise above any limitations by telling him, “Stupid is as stupid does, Forrest.”. She could have also said, “Courageous is as courageous does” or “Compassionate is as compassionate does” or “Honest is as honest does” or “Respected is as respected does” or “Leadership is as leadership does”.

Nike is right. “Just do it” is a great motto for sports, and also for a life of meaning and engagement.