Getting it right is crucial for NASA to fly a helicopter on Mars. A lot of things have to happen precisely at the right time in the right way for that to happen. Compare that to, say, going to the grocery store and coming back with everything you needed when you left. Our life is hit-or-miss and make-do-or-do-without most of the time. It is a wonder we are able to recognize where we are and function in a reasonably coherent manner. We are pinballs being flipped and ricocheted around the table by forces we do not comprehend, complaining about our lack of freedom, thinking we know what we are doing. And yet, there is breathing. Breathing and the Bell of Mindfulness and the AUM at the bottom of it all bring us back to the here-and-now, where we can recall "the most famous reindeer of them all." That would be us, not Rudolph, unless your name is Rudolph. We are here to remember who we are and what we are about, in the midst of the context and circumstances of our life which are geared to creating levels of complexity and complication that make it impossible for us to know Who's On First, or even what game is being played, here and now. Breathe! Ding! AUM! Recall! Recall your Original Nature! Recall your Balance and Harmony! Recall your Peace and Contentment! Recall your Thing, your Specialty, your Shtick. Your interests, your talents, your preferences, your art, your genius, your gifts, your Daemon (sounds like "diamond"), your center, your core, your rock... And focus on ordering your life in light of those things, building your life based on those things, letting your life fall out around those things. You know who you are. Or, at least you know who you are NOT. Start, here and now, living in light of who you are and who you are NOT! It is that simple, and that difficult. It is like NASA remembering how to fly a helicopter on Mars. It takes focus to recall who you are. And who you are NOT. And live in ways that honor those things. The keys are Breathing! Ding! AUM! Recall! At various points in each day, bringing you back into focus, doing the work of being you, here and now, forever.
Every photograph is a threshold to wonder. A doorway to eternity. A moment in time. Every moment is a threshold to wonder. A doorway to eternity. Here and now expands indefinitely to encompass all things great and small. Yet, we walk through each one, unseeing, unknowing, oblivious to miracles everywhere. What we are missing could fill the cosmos. Why miss anything. Why not see everything? Or, at least, see that we are not seeing, if not what we are not seeing? Why not Stop? Look? Listen? What are we afraid we will miss if we open ourselves to what all is there? Here? Now? What is our hurry? Where do we think we are going? What do we think we are doing? Who are we kidding?
Let's say you are a pitcher in a baseball/softball game. Baseball/softball is a situationally determined game. What is called for here and now, is dependent upon the situation, which changes with every pitch. If you can make the right pitch, in the right location, at the right time, in the right way, over time, things are going to work out to your good and the good of your team. If you can't, they won't. Your life is that way, whether you have ever pitched, or even attended, or even watched a baseball/softball game. Your life is situationally determined, moment by moment, day by day. What you do depends on what's what here and now. The better you are able to access the situation, see what is happening, know what needs to happen from you in response, and respond as needed, the better things are going to go for you and your life over time. Can you believe that and devote yourself to it? Can you assess each situation as it arises and determine what is happening, and what needs to happen in response, and do it with the gifts/resources you have to work with, doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, moment by moment, day by day, your entire life long? Or, are you concerned only with doing what you want to do, when you feel like doing it, the way you feel like doing it, and whining, moaning, and complaining that things are as they are and not the way you want them to be your entire life long?
What's the problem? What is it that you don't like? Let's get some clarity here. Why don't you have it made, just as you are? What would make your little heart sing and your little toes dance? What is standing in your way, keeping you from balance and harmony, energy, spirit, vitality, life? Except for what, things are just fine as they are? And, if you can't get it out of the way and will never have things as you want them to be, what is keeping you from coming to terms with that, and being completely fine with things just as they are?
Who's the boss, the golfer or the ball? Who is the most important, the one who speaks or the one who hears? As long as we believe there is a program, does it matter if there is one? To whom does it need to matter for it to matter? Doing the right thing may have nothing to do with morality or ethics, and everything to do with pace and timing. Get pace and timing down, and let everything fall into place around that. If you don't know what to do in a situation, wait and watch for a door to open. When it does, walk through. Trying to force an outcome presumes that you know what you are doing. It could be that you only know what you want. What does wanting know?