Forget being happy. Forget having your way. Forget getting what you want. Live to know what is called for, to know what needs to be done, here and now, and do it in every situation as it arises, throughout the rest of your life. Live to serve the moment, this moment, right now. Moment by moment. Situation by situation. For as long as you live. What is your life asking of you? Be right about that and do it. To the best of your ability, with the gifts/genius/daemon/virtues/ talents/abilities/proclivities/shtick/ knacks/etc. that came with you from the womb-- your original nature, who you are and who you are capable of being if you would just get out of your way and trust yourself to be enough just as you are, right now, to be what is needed right now, forever. In order to get to this point, you will have to learn some new tricks. Emptiness being the most important one. Stillness and silence being the next in line. Waiting, listening, looking, reflecting, hearing, seeing, knowing, doing, being. Balance and harmony, integrity, sincerity and spontaneity, spirit, energy, vitality. And trusting yourself to know what to do and when to do it the way it needs to be done, and doing it. Getting the What? When? and How? down and doing it is all there is to it, but. In order for that to happen, we have to get out of the way, and stop interfering with the flow of life by imposing our idea of how things ought to be on how things are. We hijack the natural way of life and our way with life in three ways. Fear. Greed. Lethargy. When any or all of those come into play, our ability to know What? When? How? disappears, and we may as well go to bed for all the good we are going to be for our life until fear, greed and lethargy are shown the door and told to leave. At this point in this little soliloquy, you have all you need to know to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done, how it needs to be done. And now it is up to you. Mind how you go. Fair winds and following seas. Moment by moment. Situation by situation. Day by day. All the way.
Look/listen, listen/look, the two are one, enabling see/hear, hear/see, producing know/do do/know. And that's all there is to it. The people who see, see the same things. The people who hear, hear the same things. The people who know, know the same things. The people who do, do the same things. And live out of the depths of their own heart and soul and mind and strength-- grounded on their own adamantine connection with themselves and their own authority to size up a situation, know what's what and what needs to be done in response and doing it when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises, for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, no matter what, all their life long. Live to be one of those people.
How we look determines, or strongly influences, what we see. How we look itself is determined, or strongly influenced by what has happened to us in the past and what we have done in response and how that has impacted us-- physically/emotionally/psychologically/philosophically-- and by the stake we have in, and the importance we place on, what we are looking at. If we could see what we look at without any stake in, or attachment to, what is before us, we might not see it at all. I can walk through an entire department, or store, of women's shoes and be unable to tell you anything specific about what I "saw." Put me in the Joseph Campbell section of a bookstore and I can tell you the titles of all the books there. Our past evokes/dampens/shapes our interests, and positions us to respond as we do to our present circumstances. How well-adjusted we are to our life experience depends upon what that experience has been up to now. No one is free to look without prejudice upon the present moment, coming, as we do, upon the present under the combined weight of all our past moments, and conditioned by all that has impacted us to this point. We cannot help seeing as we do, given all we have seen and how that has affected us. It is a wonder that we are as balanced as we are, given where we have been and what has happened to us. Squaring up to that and making our peace with it, enables us to see how that modifies how we see, and seeing our seeing is as close to objectivity as we can hope to be.
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Happy new year. I know everything will be different from now on.
Happy new year back to you! For this year and all the years following! I think happiness is a frame of mind, being fine with how things are and doing what we can to make them that way for ourselves and others, regardless of what our chances are. Making our peace with that will make everything different from now on, with different beginning with our indifference to our chances, and to all things that might, otherwise, unsettle us. Mind how you go! And good luck with everything you undertake!