We have to be able to take a joke in this world, because the joke is on us. We think it is this way, and it's that way. We think we get it, and think it's that way, and it's this way. Thinking that we get it is the joke that is on us. We have to be able to say, "Okay. Good one. Got me." And go on with our life, knowing that life is just a set up for the next punch line. The trick is to keep showing up without taking it seriously. Taking it seriously is asking for it. So, we have to show up as though it matters, knowing that it doesn't matter, but doing everything as though it does. That is embracing the joke and laughing along with everyone else who is in on the game, playing the game as the game needs to be played because it is the only game there is, and to not play it is to be dead-- either literally, or equivalently. So we play knowing that we are playing the game of life, giving ourselves to all of it just as we need to, without being undone by any of it, playing at playing our part as though it matters-- because that's what the game requires-- but without being bludgeoned by any of it because it is only a game, and no one's keeping score. All that matters is how well we play our part.
Being right about what needs to be done and doing it in each situation that arises is a matter of paying attention-- without judgment or opinion-- in responding to what is called for, moment by moment, with sincerity and non-contrivance, and without motive beyond being available in service to the here and now, using the tools/gifts/specialties/virtues/ traits/shtick/interests/abilities/daemon/art... that come with us from the womb as a part of our original nature for the good of one another and the species as a whole. This is the organizing principle, the ground, foundation, still point, axis mundi, and North Star uniting human beings throughout time and place in the work of being human. To drift away from this is to wander in the wasteland searching for deliverance and salvation without hope, purpose or direction, "like a man sitting on his donkey looking for his donkey," or a woman holding her car keys, looking for her car keys. When all it ever takes is being right about what needs to be done and doing it, without judgment, opinion, or motive, situation by situation, through time and place.