Sitting still, being quiet, emptying ourselves of fear, desire and duty, waiting, watching, present and awake, we allow our life to find us and invite us to come to life. Being alive comes with strings attached. It is not the life of anyone's dreams. Everyone's dreams are bigger than life. "They will never stay on the farm, once they have seen Gay Paree!" We all want what we have no business having. We have to give up the life of our dreams and settle for just being alive, doing what needs to be done, bringing our best to bear on each moment, in each situation as it arises, and letting that be that, allowing nature to take its course into the next situation, and all those following. No fortune. No glory. No splendor. No drama. No wondrous, joyous crescendo, with standing ovations, parades, fireworks, parties and everlasting fame. Just another situation, and another one after that, lived to the fullest all our life long.
What will it take to make our life worth living? What is the source of dissatisfaction and discontent? Except for what, things would be wonderful? What do you want that you don't have? That you can't get? That you have no hope of ever having? If you had it, what would you want then? There is always something else to want. There is no end to wanting. How can you re-think, re-define, re-imagine your life to take endless wanting into account and keep it from being the one thing determining your peace and contintment with your life as it is? Why let wanting run--and ruin--your life? What does wanting know? Why should wanting be in charge? Why is having what we want the determining factor in being balanced and in harmony with how things are in our life? What would we be doing that we cannot do right here, right now, if we had everything we ever wanted? How is having everything we ever wanted going to improve our ability to be fully alive in the moment of our living in each situation as it arises? In what ways are we being inhibited in responding to what the situation is calling for because we don't have everything we want-- or even half of what we want? How does not having what we want keep us from being alive to the time and place of our living? What is keeping us from being alive to the time and place of our living?