Allowing our life to take its own shape around our interests and our involvement with things that evoke our vitality, zeal and enthusiasm is a track different from going where the money is-- and we have to make a decision at some point about what is going t0 be the central concern that directs our choices and rules our life. We can have a "cookie cutter life," with the shape being determined by our social group, or by the group we would like to be our social group, and we do all the things members of our group do, going the same movies, eating at the same restaurants, watching the same TV shows, living the same life. And we can live "a life apart," in the sense of not minding that we are on the outside of all social circles, letting our direction in life be determined by the things we like to do regardless of whether anyone else cares that they exist. What guides our boat on its path through the sea? What kind of boat are we riding in? Whose idea is it that this is the boat we ought to be riding in? What gives us our sense of direction? Our idea about what is good and what is not? Who are we living to please? What do we need to be happy with the life we are living? What kind of life do we need to be living in order to be pleased with how things are? The idea that "this boat won't take us there," gives us some sense of how our life needs to change to get us "there" if "there" is some place we would like to be. Or, if we like "this boat" so much that wherever it takes us is perfectly fine with us. Living the life that fits our idea of how life should be, and what needs to change to have a better fit-- the life we are living, or idea of how life should be-- gives us something to consider as we work to blend happiness with our life and how we are living it. What is important? How do we decide? How do we know when we are right and when we are wrong?
The future is fluid, pliable, capable of being shaped and molded. We create it in every moment by the way we respond to what is happening and to what is being called for. We bring the future on ourselves by the way we live, by the choices we make, in each situation as it arises. We influence, impact, create the next situation, and all those following it, by the way we act in this situation. The present moment is a fulcrum, and we lever the future into place one moment at a time. In every moment we make choices that form the matrix for all the choices we will be able to make in all future moments. Here is the organizing idea for ordering your response to every choice you are offered in all of your moments yet to be: Ask of what is before you, "What is the life-quotient for me and/or others in the options before me? What is the level of vitality, enthusiasm, zest, excitement, joy and delight in each of them? What is their degree of radiance, transcendence, rapture, elation, exhilaration, inspiration?" Go with what has life for you/others. And if it comes down to a choice between you and others, be clear about the sacrifice you are being asked to make, and choose carefully. Sometimes it will be you that is sacrificed for the sake of others, and sometimes it will be others that are sacrificed for the sake of you. Do not hesitate to choose in your favor! Just be clear of the choice you are making. Sometimes you will "die" either way, just "die" in the service of life every time!
Four statements say it all: Promote the General Welfare, Provide the Common Defense, Insure Domestic Tranquility, Preserve, protect and defend... against All Enemies Foreign and Domestic. These are not only in the Constitution, but are either stated or implied in all the oaths of office taken by people holding office as US Government officials. These four statements provide the foundational Constitutional authority for declaring every act of the US Government from its inception that violates any of the four to be unconstitutional and therefore illegal. Making the forthcoming appointment to the Supreme Court unconstitutional and illegal. Making canceling the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional and illegal. Making Citizens United unconstitutional and illegal. Etc. Making lobbyists unconstitutional and illegal. Etc. Making all of Trump's executive orders and all of Congress' actions that violate any of the four statements unconstitutional and illegal. Etc. Everything the US Government does has to meet the standards set forth by the four statements. Environmental protection is guaranteed by the four statements. Individual human rights are guaranteed by the four statements (And where abortion is concerned, life begins at birth with the first breath, and has been held to be so since the beginning of time, so we celebrate birth days and not conception days). Health care, etc are guaranteed by the four statements. Etc. These four statements provide all the grounds needed to oppose and invalidate all US Governmental acts that violate any of the four. The Atman has been recognized from the beginning of human history as the Essential Self, the True Nature, the Original Nature, Universally across all time and space of every living thing, and is violated, desecrated, dishonored, blasphemed and destroyed when any of these four statements are so treated. Therefore, not only the Constitution, but also the very essence of life, are done grave damage by the flippant disregard of the sacred foundation constituting our life together as citizens of the United States of America. And we are called forth to resist, repudiate and repel all attacks upon us and our holy bond with all living things, now and forever.