Our mythology consists of the things we tell ourselves to adjust ourselves to the world, to life as it is, to the way things are. What do you turn to when you have nowhere to turn? What do you say to yourself about your losses and your sorrows? How do you find your way forward? What are the stories? The pep talks? The the slogans and mottoes? The mantras and the sayings? There is a world of things we turn to when this world flattens us, overwhelms us, disappoints us... We talk ourselves back to life, back to functioning. What do we say? That is our mythology. Our mythology is a collection of metaphors that help us make sense of things and find meaning in what happens or fails to happen. Scraps of songs, pieces of poetry, movie lines, inspirational quotes, stories of the heroes of the past, baseball quips... all come together in the moment and what needs to be done about it, in response to it and help us find our bearings, get our feet under us, stand up and make our way. What is our grounding mythology? When we identify it, we can consciously amend it, elaborate it, add to it, improve it, perfect it, shape it, form it and formally make it out own-- and be better prepared to meet what is coming, and find our way through whatever is waiting around the next curve in the road, and the one after that.
"All things work together for good for those (who are on the beam)." Being on the beam is the key factor in a life well-lived. Beyond that, there is no advantage whatsoever to being on the beam. Staying on the beam under those circumstances is the true test of our resiliency and willful determination to be faithful and loyal liege servants of our destiny. Our relationship with our destiny is the central point around which everything coalesces. Living aligned with our destiny means one thing for us, and living at odds with our destiny means another. Here is the interesting thing: Either way, it is all the same with our destiny. Our destiny is such that it can use whatever we bring it to realize itself through us. It goes better for us in terms of our peace of mind and our being true to ourselves, living from our center and grounded in what matters most, whose life is a blessing and a grace upon all who come our way, but we are only going to be able to count on having what we need to do what needs to be done. Extravagance and indulgence are not going to characterize our life, and there will be days when we have to talk ourselves into getting out of bed and doing the thing that calls our name. It comes down to sacrificing ourselves, again and again, in the service of our destiny, doing what is ours to do, the way it should be done, when it should be done, as best we can for as long as we are able-- with compassion and sincerity, and without contrivance or exploitation. Once contrivance and exploitation, personal gain and advantage, enter the situation, the flow is destroyed and we are on our own. When we walk away from the beam to serve our own purposes, we die in a wasteland of our own making every time.
I dreamed last night-- or was it a vision-- that some place in the world had been cordoned off because a strain of COVID-19 had been discovered that is 25 times more deadly than the original version, and all known vaccines are useless against it. Whether it is real or not is not the question. The potential exists no matter how unlikely. Our mindset worldwide leaves us vulnerable and reduces our chances, regardless of what those chances are. A mindset is something we can do something about. Let's divide mindsets between Stupid and Savvy. Stupid wears a MAGA hat and refuses to wear a mask. Savvy does the reverse. But, Asymptomatic people belong to both groups, and skew the profiles. Plus, all Stupid people will not get the virus and all Savvy people will not avoid it. After the mud settles and the water clears, there will probably be about the same percentage of Stupid and Savvy in the world as before. And the vulnerability of Savvy people will be about what it was before. But. Everyone can increase their chances at a long, centered, balanced and harmonious life (Probably forgetting for some time happy, joyous, carefree and giddy) by learning to be mindfully aware and self-transparent. Jon Kabat-Zinn's YouTube videos (The shortest ones first) are a helpful path to both those outcomes, which is really one thing, Mindfully-Aware-Self-Transparency. If it takes a pandemic to ground us forever in Mindfully-Aware-Self-Transparency, it is our own stupid fault.