Rob Bell How to be HERE
A personal view from Henrik

The Beginning

„You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing.“
Alan Watts

The world is unfinished! Do something new!

Don’t be one of the persons that think the world is finished.

There is an ongoing creation of the world.

How we respond to what happens to us – especially the painful, excruciating things that we never wanted and we have no control over – is a creative act.

don’t give up!


When your live starts you start breathing, when it ends the last thing you do is breathing.

It is a gift, given to you.

go on.

Boredom, cynicism and despair are spiritual diseases because this disconnect us from the most primal truth about ourselves – that we are here.

How are you going to respond to this life you have been given?

What are you going to do with it?

What are you going to make here?

I can do

The voices in your head, asking this thousands questions and telling you that you are not smart, not „whatever“ enough

They aren’t interesting. Who „they“ are isn’t interesting.

Don’t compare with others. That doesn’t matter.

Don’t rob yourself the immeasurable joy when you compare what you do know about yourself with what you don’t know about someone else.

The new question is: Who am I not to do this?

The Japanese have a word for it

The Japanese have a word for what gets you out of bed in the morning: they call it ikigai. Your Ikigai is that sense you have when you wake up that this day matters, that there are new experiences to be had, that you have work to do, a contribution to make. Your ikigai is your reason for being.

Walking on.

Someone should do (whatever) – maybe you are the someone.

prepare yourself.

Doing the hard work of figuring out who you are and what you have to give to the world. This is the challenge of your ikigai.

It is a paradox, sometimes it is the easiest thing to do and the hardest thing to do at the same time.

Finding your ikigai will be endlessly challenging.

but worse to to.

Craft, profession is what you are looking for

You are not out for Success, Success always wants more, if you reached a goal it is boring, you are going for the next higher goal. It is never enough.

Craft is different.

Craft says, can you believe I get to do this?

You can find the craft in whatever you do.

The bus driver who is not just a bus driver is asking at the last stop of his route the people to give him their problems. He tells them he knows, life is difficult, you are going home from a hard day to your most loved, so don’t take your burden with you, leave it in the bus. He will drive the bus over the bridge and they don’t have to carry their problems around anymore.

Craft reconnects you to your ikigai, whatever you do.

One first

you don’t know how to start?

it always starts with the first step. You don’t have to know the whole plan.

Don’t look at step 16. Start with step 1.

Stop thinking about shit that ain’t happen-in.

Go with the one first.

When you start something new, feel the butterflies in your stomach.

Better to have a stomach full of butterflies than to feel like life is passing you by.


Whenever you start something new, you take a risk.

On the other side, there is the risk of not trying something new.

Maybe your project dies if you don’t involve the new.

If you take the risk, maybe you failure.

Failure is simply another opportunity to learn. Remember, craft, craft involves failure, you learn from that.

You need risks, risk is were life is.

Found the one

Throw yourself into it, whatever it is you’re doing.

Big things always start small. Don’t look for the big things.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, do what you are doing with all you have.

Don’t hold back, because of things that happened to you in the past.

The past ist he past and it is in the past, the future can be something new.

Don’t look for response from others for what you are doing. It may never come.

The joy comes from being fully present in this moment.

The satisfaction is found in knowing that you’re here, you’re alive, and you get to make something with your life.

Getting into it – the details matter

Look for the details of your live, they are important to your path.

How you do anything is how you do everything

How is your working space looking?

What do you have in your closet you don’t wear?

How many boxes are for years in your storage?

Our external environments mirror our internal lives.

Look for your space, is it clean? Organized?

Does everything in it need to be there?

How does your rhythm look like?

There is a rhythm to the day, because there is a rhythm to everything.

Structure your day like you need it.

Do the creative work in that time were you have the most energy.

In the other time do whatever else have to be done.

Take a day off the week, a sabbath.


There is a rhythm to everything. Breath in, breath out, Nature has his in winter, spring, summer, fall. Waking and sleeping.

By the way, have you checked emails before going to bed and found yourself wide awake? Of Course. At just that moment when your body was most relaxed, ready to sleep, you fired it back to life, new ideas, problems to solve, more things to do.

Checking email at night is out of sync with the natural rhythm.

There is a six-day rhythm build into creation!

So the Bells started a day off in the week. Sounds good? It was sad. In the afternoon of that day they were depressed. During all the week they are going for to do lists, never-ending work. By removing all this constant stimulus, they fell in a shock.

6 days full off speed and stimulus and then one day with a exposed overload stimulus.

Sabbath forces you to listen to your life.

Sabbath is a day when you are fully present to your pain, your stress, your worry, your fear.

Sabbath is when you let whatever you’ve pushed down rise to the surface.

Sabbath is a day when things that are broken get fixed, when things within you that have torn are mended.

When you have a rhythm to your week, you see the need for rhythm all the time.

Central to creating a life worth living is understanding that you have more power over your time than you realize.

Inhale, exhale.

On. Off.

You create the rhythm that helps you do the work that you’re here to do.

I learned that all we have is the present. All we have is today.

So give all you have to this moment. Be here.

Personal view

Rob Bell tell here his personal story about an accident he had in August 2000 and how it infected his life to be here.

When you look at my page, you can see my way dealing with HERE.

How does your way looks like?