Fine lines are everywhere. We have to walk carefully. We are on thin ice all the way. For instance, there is taking things too seriously and there is not taking things seriously enough. We have to find the balance point. And live there. It's tricky. because everything is wobbly. It's a wobbly world. A wobbly universe. Nothing is as it is always. There are no Absolutes. It's all Relative. With everything depending on 10,000 things. And we have to find our way through it all. What a joke. And we have to see it as a joke to have a chance. If we take it seriously, it's all over like that (Puckers and kisses the air) kiss it good-bye. The balance point is playfulness. Play is serious and not serious at the same time. Children play within the rules, and they establish the rules early on. "That's MY truck! THIS one is yours!" Every game has its rules, and they are all "only a game." We have to live that way. Playfully. Laughing all the way. At the absurdities that matter enough to make us cry-- but not so much as to make us quit. Find the sweet spot between too serious and not serious enough and live there. Always and forever.
You have heard me talk about doing what needs to be done in each situation as it arises with the gifts of your original nature that you have to work with. You have not heard me talk about doing what is good there. The Good is philosophical ideal that is rarely an option-- a possibility--in our actual life. Because The Good is not an Absolute to be realized anywhere in the cosmos. The Good is always good in relation to something that is Bad. It is always better than something else. Not Good forever in and of itself. The Good is always good for something, and not so good for other things. A 747 is good for transporting you across the country, but it is not so good for mowing your lawn. And what is good for the lion is not so good for the antelope, and vice-versa. In some situations there are no good options. In those situations, we say "We are damned if we do and damned if we don't." The choice there is to be damned and be done with it, by flipping a coin, perhaps, and dealing with the outcome. We do not get to choose our choices, and when there are no good choices to choose from, only variations off bad choices, with unwanted, or unlivable, results, we are left with going with what we consider the best of the bad, and making the best of the fallout from that choice. In all of this, we bear the pain of being unable to do better than bad. We may bear it forever. We bear it knowing that any other choice would have been bad as well-- and we look for ways of redeeming what can be redeemed by living to make all the good choices we are capable of making from that point on. We live toward the good in every situation even though that may not be possible in all situations. This is called "living anyway, nevertheless, even so" toward the best we are capable of being and doing throughout what remains of the time left for living-- even as we bear consciously the pain of being unable to do better in numerous times and places in a world where too often what we get isn't worth having.