Living from our own center with nothing at stake in the outcome is like singing in the shower, or dancing in the rain. It is a spontaneous, impromptu, improvisational response to our situation as it arises and opens before us, calling us to dance with life in becoming one with the moment and the opportunity it offers us to express ourselves by offering what is ours to give in response to the need of the moment and the time that is at hand. And this, without contrivance or agenda, or any thought of what is in it for us, or how we might seize the moment for our benefit, advantage, gain or profit, and "come out ahead" in any sense of the term. We're dancing, man! "And there is only the dance!" (T.S. Eliot) The key to living well is to live as though we are dancing. When the music begins, our cares drop away. We don't know who the President is, or what our worries are, or how we are going to manage with "the wolf at our door." We dance. And dancing brings forth the joy of life. The joy of being here, now, alive in this moment and able to dance. The music is there in every moment, waiting for ears that hear, and toes that tap, and hearts that can dance with life!
Abraham's retort to God, "Shall not the judge of the earth do right?" is one Job should have used. Instead, Job cowers before the "Might Makes Right" defense God uses to justify leaving Job unprotected against the wiles of Satan. And Baruch would have done well to use it against God's, "I'll give you your life as a prize of war," excuse for refusing to be more of a "very present help in time of trouble." The question is one we shun and ostracize in the forlorn hope that God will make it up to us if we are patient and faithful in trusting ourselves to the ultimate triumph of "God's Plan" at work through inconceivable evil to save the day and all the long-suffering True Believers at the End of Time. Habakkuk and Jesus stand out in having the courage of their own convictions, in declaring their loyalty and allegiance to doing what is right in each situation as it arises, no matter what-- with the outcome playing no part in their ongoing and eternal devotion to doing what needs to be done moment-by-moment, day-by-day, their whole life long. In so doing, they point the way for us all. Why something happens or fails to happen is irrelevant to the situation at hand. Doing what is called for here and now is our only concern. "Here we are--now what?" is our response to the times all the time. How we answer that question, moment-by-moment, day-by-day, sets the tone and establishes the rhythm of our life, and shapes the future better than any assortment of beliefs and statements of faith ever could. Believe whatever you want, but do what needs to be done! Here and now and always and forever!