To be? Or, not to be?

After a wee blogcation the last few weeks Virginia is back today with musings of a reflective nature. (Warning: donning her Shakespeare festival shirt this morning may have unduly influenced this post.)

A few weeks ago I thought I needed a vacation.

“What kind of vacation?”  A vacation from ME!!


Sometimes my mind draws up blank.

No deep, life-altering revelations or constellations of purpose-driven goals and dreams.

Just blank.


But, nudge, nudge… give it a moment (or two or three.) Slowly a thought crystallizes in the exoteric regions of my interior universe.

To be, or not to be?

That is an existential question (Shakespeare, anyone?)

What to be (to me) is an apter question. And, how are we to be?

What and how are choices we make (daily, hourly, by the minute.)

In the cycle of divisiveness and denigration around us, I can choose to be ‘what’ for inclusiveness and affirmation by putting out ‘hows’ of love and hope to all I encounter (people and big challenges inclusive.)

Not to be preachy, but what and how are important components of the overall to be, or not to be question.

To be?

  • JOY, when despair looms around the corners of our lives.

To be?

  • PEACE, when pernicious conflicts permeate our surroundings.

To be?

  • GRACE, when despotic interests dominate and denigrate others.

To be?

  •  MERCY, where unforgiveness fuels batteries of hate & revenge.

To be?

  • LOVE, where loneliness and apathy cripple hearts.

To be?

  • ME, when others try to put me down or make me irrelevant.

“To be, or not to be, that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them…
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of dispriz’d love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? …
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Hamlet, Act III, Scene I

Dear God:   

To be who (and what and how) YOU want me to be (& do):

now, that is the question.

To be, all for You, in action – word, deed, and ME!

grace, peace & courageous beings (& doings)

Virginia : )

p.s. Last March while visiting Charlottesville, my brother & I had the opportunity to see a play performed by the American Shakespeare Company at the Blackfriar’s Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia. We also took an hour-long tour of the amazing facility, built as a replica of the original indoor playhouse where William Shakespeare’s company performed from 1608 until it burned down in the great fire of London in 1666. If you ever have a chance to visit the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (or C’ville that’s just 45 minutes away), be sure to check out this treasure — and make a booking to see a play!

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10 Responses to To be? Or, not to be?

  1. Cindy Kranich says:

    Well if you started with a blank “nada”, you certainly didn’t end that way … wonderful, inspiring words! Thank you for this❣️

    • Virginia says:

      That’s what I get for wearing my Shakespeare t-shirt(s) from festivals past! Dwight & I enjoyed seeing ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’ @ the Blackfriar’s Playhouse. Hamlet features in the play (in an often hilarious way) with lots to ponder. Blessings! 📚🤪📚😎📚

  2. Carol-Jo says:

    I am happy to read your blog, thank you..

  3. Debbie says:

    Everyone needs a vacation away from blogging now and then — Virginia, I’m glad yours was productive and that you’re back again. Sounds as if we were on a similar wavelength today — great minds and all that!!

    • Virginia says:

      Debbie, you are so right – vacations are good, even from blogging! Although must say I like the kind involving sipping decadent hot chocolate & sampling gelato in Italian cafes (who doesn’t?) Thanks for the compliment (re: great minds!) Back at ‘cha! ☕️🍧😋🍧☕️

  4. My Carmel says:

    Excellent post, Virginia! Gracias!!! ❤

  5. TMH says:

    Love the ‘To be?’ riff…effective. Delivered a nice punch to the reader.

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks Tim – started out with the ‘to be’ quote as a writing prompt. I wonder where the idea for (regularly) using writing prompts came from? hmmmn. 🤣📚🤪📚😎📚🤗📚

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