Making the best of what we are handed in a day means letting a lot of it go. Betrayal? Let it go. Neglect? Let it go. Abandonment? Let it go. Humiliation? Disappointment? Defeat? Etc.? Let it all go-- in the strength of our own resiliency and resolve, grounded upon our unshakable faith in ourselves and our ability to find what we need to do what needs to be done in each situation as it arises within our inexhaustible store of courage, spirit, energy and vitality. Which are fundamental to our original nature and are inherent in the species. We did not get here through all of the experiences we have survived as a species without having what it takes to take life as it comes day after day, and do what can be done with it! We have what it takes! To do what needs to be done with this, and with the next thing, and the thing after that! The trick, as Benjamin Hoff points out (In his book, "The Te of Piglet"), is remaining focused on what is needed here and now, and not being hijacked into escalating fantasies based on what if then and there. What is! Not what if! We got here through all we have faced and dealt with asking, "What is happening? What is it calling us to do in response? When? Where? How? Why? And doing it, One situation at a time. These are the Six Questions and One Action required of each of us by every situation that arises all our life long. Anyone who gets caught up in the endless stream of "What if this? What if that? And what if That? And what if That Over There?... does not have what it takes to do what must be done with what remains of their life, much less be helpful companions to the rest of us over the time left for living. That leaves it up to us. How are you coming along?
Jesus took himself seriously. Jesus did what needed to be done in each situation as it arose. Jesus bore well his contradictions and inconsistencies. Jesus died being true to himself within the context and circumstances of his life, the times and places of his living. The number of his followers I can say these things about is statistically irrelevant. The people who make such noise about believing in Jesus without being Jesus the way only they can be Jesus in each situation as it arises are obscenities and obstructionists to the cause of Jesus and will, as Jesus would say, "get their reward."