Heart and meaning are our guides through the wilderness. Does it have heart? Is your heart in this? Does it have meaning for you? If things start out full of heart and meaning, notice if that changes-- not just because things become difficult. No just because hard things are being asked of us. Every track asks us to see something through. A war comes along. Or someone close to us dies. Or we have a health crisis. We have to work through 10,000 opportunities to quit. What is it you can't quit? I am a writer, so I write without an audience. I write to hear myself think. I write to know what I have to say. To quit writing would be an immense betrayal of self. I take photographs in the same way. I have to take photographs. My heart demands it. Meaning and purpose hang on it. What do you do "the way a dog wags its tail?" (Alan Stacell) Do more of that.
I don't care what happens to us-- how we respond to it is what matters. We are built for reversals, betrayals, disappointments, devastations... If it isn't the clashing rocks, it is the heaving waves! If it isn't a catastrophe, it is a calamity. If it isn't a disaster, it is a debacle. Look at what we have been through as a species to be here, now! What keeps us going??? Whatever it is, it can be counted on! It and gravity are the most reliable things this world has to offer! And it comes tucked away in each of us, to be used as needed throughout our life in dealing with circumstances beyond control, and events that are completely out of hand. There is an adamantine core running through the human spirit that is "a very present help in time of trouble." Our original nature includes resilience and durability. Grounded upon the rock of our character and the flexibility of our spirit, we are more than a match for the daily deliveries. It only takes standing on our own two feet and living out of our center to know that it is so. The stream finds its way to the sea. We have what it takes to find what it takes to do what needs to be done about all that comes our way. The confidence that this is so is waiting in the silence to console and sustain and call us forth to meet the day.
Jesus came reinterpreting everything that had gone before. "You have heard it said," he said, "but I say unto you..." "The old has passed away! Behold! The new has come!" How we did it then does not take precedent over what is called for now! With Jesus, what once was the case is no longer the case, what we once could assume was so, can no longer be assumed to be so. "It's a new world, Golda!" We look. We see. We listen. We hear. We decide what is being called for. And we respond with the gifts that are ours to share. We say what is so, and act out of our own perspective. We take the appropriate action in each situation as it arises, and are the person responsible for knowing and doing-- in living our life as it needs to be lived moment-by-moment-by-moment. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." The truth is the truth of how things are, the truth of what's happening now, the truth of what needs to be done about it. Seeing the truth is being set free to do what needs to be done about it with what is ours to offer in each situation as it arises as a spontaneous response to the moment with no thought for what is in it for us, or for what we stand to gain, or how we might profit, or what the advantage to us might be with this response or that one. We simply do what needs to be done. We simply say what needs to be said. We simply are who we need to be-- who the situation needs us to be-- one situation after another, day by day, all our life long. No one can do better that that. And it needs to be done all the time.