Innocence, sincerity, vulnerability, authenticity, just so-ness, and the like are all characteristics of The Fool, and will not get you very far in the world as it is. Savvy-ness has its place. Yoda and Obi-wan Kenobi seem to embody the right ratios, though a bit more jocularity wouldn't hurt anything. Jesus and the Buddha are way too serious, and wouldn't know what to do with a joke. If they ever laugh at themselves, it must be in the shower. As for me, I crack myself up all the time. It is my most endearing characteristic. Catching myself awash in contradictions keeps me going. It is the key to balance and harmony, seeing our opposites, and laughing. Who is keeping score? Who wouldn't be better off lightening up a bit? It is the way of grace and compassion, kindness and affection. Give me Woody from Cheers for a traveling companion. Innocently true to himself in an eternally humorous kind of way. If I could be anybody, I would be Woody. Or Cher.
Saying “Yes” to life just as it is, is saying “Yes” to what needs to be done about life just as it is! Is saying “Yes!” to “NO!” Is getting up and doing what needs to be done to make life more like it ought to be than it is, and not sitting back in an “Oh well, this is God’s will” kind of way. Leaving things just as they are is a terrible failure to be who we are! We are here to do what needs to be done in each situation as it arises with the gifts/daemon/genius/knacks/proclivities/etc. that comes with us from the womb-- our original nature-- as a blessing and a grace upon our circumstances all our life long. To neglect that is to reject our calling, bury our talents, refuse to be a light in the world, and assist what needs to be opposed and rejected. We are here to make things better than they would be without us, in the most insignificant kind of way (A cup of cold water, for instance). We forsake the unique contribution we are capable of making during our time on earth, and denying our value to the unfolding of life and being, when we disappear ourselves in being like everyone else, and refusing to ask the questions that beg to be asked, say the things that cry out to be said, and do the things that are ours to do in the time and place of our living. Being who we are means doing what needs to be done, means doing what needs us to do it, means being true to ourselves, here and now, moment to moment, in each situation as it arises, our entire life long. Whether we want to or not. Whether we feel like it or not. Whether we are in the mood for it or not. Whether it is convenient or not. For no other reason than this is who we are, and this is what we do. So, "Gimme The Ball! Gimme The Ball! Gimme The Ball! And Get Out Of My Way! Because I Am Here To Do My Thing, And I Am Going To Do It! No Matter What!" May it be ever so for all of us!
Reading through old (i.e. actual) folders and files, I came across this from 02/07/1997: One of the 10,000 spiritual laws is "Truth is found between the hands." On the one hand this, and on the other hand that, and the two appear to cancel each other out, but truth is found in the tension between the two, and so, the Yin/Yang of Taoism, and the 6-pointed Star (Star of David, though it was in use for two thousand years, or so, before David came along), and the cross that Jesus bore at the heart of Christianity, etc. It is a basic rule of Bible study to look for the opposite scriptural position from the one under consideration, and find the truth that exists in the tension between the two extremes, or between the pair of opposites, in a "What does this have to do with that?" kind of way. --Back to here and now-- "Between the extremes" and "In the tension between opposites," is not a steady state of being. The balance point is always moving, as a dancer with the music. "Sometimes we do it this way, and sometimes we do it that way, and sometimes we do it that way over there." The moment calls its own tune, and it is our place to dance in response to what is being played here and now, No! Here and now!... What we do in this moment may not work in the next moment. We are always making adjustments in our response to the moments of our living in order to respond appropriately to what is called for now, though that might be contradicted by what was called for then, or will be called for next. Flexibility and spontaneity characterize our way with life as we flow with the times and rise to every occasion with moves that match the music which we improvise on the go all the time.