When the destabilizing forces roll through your world, how do you re-stabilize? What do you do to restore balance and harmony? I wait to find the next thing that needs to be done and do it. And then find the next thing that needs to be done and do it. And on and on like that. Doing the next thing carries us past the last thing. And when we are overwhelmed, we can get our feet back under us just doing the next thing that needs doing, and the thing after that, and letting our thinking be focused on what we are doing, and not on what's going to happen, and what are we going to do... The focus is just on what we are doing, right here, right now. And on what is the next thing. This thing and the next thing are all we need to worry about right here, right now. Restore our balance. Regain our harmony. Seek the consolation of the inner guide, the ministrations of soul/psyche, the comfort of the communion of our ancestors mediated through the Collective Unconscious of our DNA. Knowing we are not alone, but carry the genetic makeup of people who were slammed and stunned and found what they needed to carry on. We belong to a great company of those who were destabilized and undone and figured out how to do it and come through it. Open to their presence and guidance, wisdom and insight flowing into and merging with our own and finding that to be a source of courage and strength in the darkness waiting for the light. In the silence listening for the sound of goodness and life coming to life again. Even here. Even now. Even yet. Even so.
Every scene is better at one time than another. The photographer's work is waiting on the right time and knowing it when they see it. Not every time is the right time to take a photograph. Snapshooters don't know this, and treat all times alike. This is the only difference between anybody with a camera and a photographer with a camera. Taking pictures out of the picture, all times are the right time for something. It is our place as Servants of The Way to know what this time, this moment, this here and now, is the right time for-- to know what needs to be done here and now, and to do it exactly when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, and do it no matter what, time after time, place after place, in each situation as it arises, all our life long. The right word, the right act, in the right place and the right time is a miracle of time and place. As Servants of The Way, we are Masters of the Miracle of time and place. What is it time for right here, right now? Do it! Straight from the heart! With complete sincerity and spontaneity! And do not worry about the outcome! Trust yourself to the moment! And press the shutter button! In this way, you will be making miracles happen all of the time.
If I were to do my life over I would do it differently. I would start with my parents and my point of origin. But, here I am. Here we all are. This is it. This is what we have to work with. Just as it is. Just as we are. Now what? How we answer that question makes all the difference, day in and day out for the rest of the time left for living. Given the givens, what can we imagine doing with them right here, right now? How we live right here, right now, determines, or at least, strongly influences, what happens next. And that changes everything, This moment, right here, right now, is the fulcrum, the pivot point, levering our future into position. Do. Not. Do. It. Like. You. Have. Always. Done. It. You can transform what remains of your life right here, right now. Our parents and our point of origin are our parents and our point of origin. What we do with that, and with all that lies between then and now, is our call to make from this moment going forward. We are not bound to live here and now like we have lived in all the moments preceding this moment. Here, now, is where we act to transform our possibilities and our likelihoods. Here, now, is where we act to reclaim our potential and recast our chances and our prospects. What is this moment asking of us? What future are we being called to, right here and right now? How we live here and now, puts that future into motion, and makes it more likely than it was just a moment ago. When you sit quietly, in the silent stillness, what can you feel/sense stirring within, hoping you will give it a chance to show you what you can become even now, even yet, never mind where you came from, or who your parents were? Follow the drift of that movement! Give your soul the opportunity to twinkle and dance! We all know what our past is? Why allow the future to just be more of that? Why not live to find out what the future may yet be? Live out of your own authority toward what is struggling/hoping to be born in you, through you, even now, even yet, even so!
How we meet the moment determines everything that follows. The way to proceed moment by moment is to be right about what needs to happen there, and serve that with our life. Our liege loyalty and filial devotion has to be to what needs to happen in each moment of each situation as it arises. To step aside from the needs of the moment is to shirk our duty to the needs of life, and open the way to chaos and disaster. We had that tandem off by rising to every occasion and doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done in every situation as it arises throughout our life. To forsake the needs of the situation in serving our own interests, is to abandon our calling and live lost to our wants and desires. And, whoops, uh-oh, here we are. We find our way back to the path we were born to live by the simple formula of being right about what needs to be done in each moment, and serve it with our life. And because it takes a certain knack to know what is right, we start with what seems/feels to be right and do that, and read the outcome to adjust our response to the situation that arises. And if it becomes apparent that wasn't what needed to be done, we reconsider the situation, and do what seems/feels to be right, and read the outcome to adjust our response to the situation that arises. And, so on, until we are right about what needs to happen in the situation that has arisen-- and live to be right about what needs to happen in each situation that follows. This is called, "Living the adventure of our life."