The single most important thing you can do to improve your chances of living well upon the earth throughout the time left for living is to become accomplished in taking "No" for an answer. By "accomplished" I mean taking "No" for an answer when, where, and how it needs to be done the way it needs to be done every time it needs to be done, with grace and aplomb in the moment and over time (That means no pouting, sulking, resentment or keeping score). Begin practicing by asking people ridiculous favors, knowing they will have to say "No," and taking it like the Ace you are working to become!
Doing what is not-meaningful better be supporting what is meaningful by providing us with the wherewithal to do the things that make our little heart sing and our little toes dance with the rest of the time that is ours left to live. If we are doing what is not-meaningful in order to do what is not-meaningful, we have to sit ourselves down and have a come to your senses and get your feet under you and start living from your center talk. And, if you don't know what your center is, remain seated until the mud settles and the water clears and you know beyond doubt or hesitation what is and is not your center, your still point, your adamantine foundation stone upon which you and your life are anchored. Your life is your responsibility. What you do with it is up to you. Waiting for some magical motivation to pull it all together for you is waiting for Godot, who doesn't exist and will never arrive. Stop living magically, and start doing what is meaningful to you. That is all the magic anyone needs to live the life that is waiting to be lived!
I wish Republicans would tell me what the good is they call good, and what the evil is they call evil. One-on-one, I mean. Not some senator speaking for all Republicans everywhere. I want to know from the people who are proud to be Republicans what they are so proud of. What values/principles/standards are guiding their boat on its path through the sea? And, while we are at it, I want to know what yours are. I want to know how clear you are about them, how well thought out they are, and how they are reflected in your daily life, how they impact the people around you. In what specific, concrete, tangible ways do they guide your boat through each day? How would I know they are important to you by watching you live your life? What is the good you call good? The evil you call evil? Good for whom? Evil for whom? Whose life is better for it? Whose life is worse for it? And, while we are at it, I'll say that the good I call good is best described by the terms Freedom! Equality! Justice! Truth! And by the principle of doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, moment-to-moment, situation-by-situation, day-by-day. I can't do better than living in ways which serve those terms and that principle. And I endeavor consciously, willfully, intentionally, deliberately to do that in the way I live every day.