We rise and meet the day, every day. And do there what needs to be done. When it needs to be done. Where it needs to be done. How it needs to be done. Because it needs to be done. Each day has its own rhythms, and occasions, and times. Its own movement, and motion, and actions that are called for by the day. Being aligned with the day, in sync with the day, attuned to the day, is a large part of our balance and harmony throughout the day. If we are not one-with-the-day, we are out of sorts with our life, and things do not go smoothly or flow well. Belonging to the day, and doing what the day requires, is quite different from seizing the day and willing what happens, when, where and how. You know how you feel at the end of a day you have forced into an agenda in the service of a program that is imposed on you by Those Who Know Best And Must Be Pleased. And you know how you feel on a weekend that has its own pace and direction, with no schedule and no set time for anything to happen. We are built for days like that. "Island time" allows things to happen when they happen, and to not happen if they don't happen. Maybe the plumber comes on the island, and maybe he goes fishing. If he goes fishing, maybe he will come tomorrow. Work more Island Time into your weeks and into portions of your days. Your soul will like that, and your body will benefit greatly.
Our original nature guides our boat on its path through the sea. We work to balance and harmonize our original nature with the context and circumstances of our life in each situation as it arises-- always guided by who we are and how that has to be negotiated with the forces at work in our life. Our context and circumstances are here to grow us up. Against our will. Our original nature grounds us, centers us, in the work to remain true to ourselves within the time and place of our living. To be too much who we are is to remain immature and undeveloped forever. To be not enough who we are is to be separated from ourselves by the world in which we live and lost to wander the wasteland forever. It is our place, our responsibility, to strike a happy balance by harmonizing ourselves with our life. We have to be true to ourselves and true to our station/place in life. This is the relationship between the Original Mask (The mask the culture requires us to wear) and the Antithetical Mask (The mask our original nature requires us to wear)-- Y.B. Yeats' terms for the work that is ours to do in getting back to "the face that was ours before we were born." We live in the service of balance and harmony, and do our best to make it work, living at the center of the bell-shaped curve. How are you doing with that?
Our reason/motive/purpose/intention/goal/etc. for living has to be revised/transformed/corrected/altered/etc. in light of A: How well/poorly it is working, and B: What is going to happen if we don't. Simply stated: We can't keep this up. Look around. This is what living in the service of the good we call good is good for. We keep thinking if we try harder we will have a different outcome. Working harder in pursuit of the wrong ends is going to produce exactly what we have been producing: An ever increasing standard of living and lives that aren't worth living. We have developed the means to get us where no one has any business being. The best the wealthiest among us have to show for their life are fleets of yachts and private jets and a ride to the edge of space. They have nothing better to do with their money. Time to re-think what we are doing and why we are doing it. We have to find our way back to "the face that was ours before we were born," and live in ways which express/exhibit/bring forth/serve/ reveal/make manifest/etc. our original nature. Who are we? What are we to be about? What is ours to do with the time that is our upon the earth? We have to bring Mythos back into the conversation with Logos, and integrate instinct/intuition/imagination with logic/reason/intellect/analytics. And see where we go with that!