We all are victims of false advertising, empty promises, scams, cons, come-on's and lies-- wanting, as we do, what we have no business having, looking for fortune and glory, smooth and easy, in one sure thing. It takes a lifetime of living, or two, to know what's what, and what matters most, and what needs doing, and how things ought to be. No one can tell us anything we need to hear. Because everyone is still searching for it themselves. What does "Sit down, shut up, be still and quiet," do for you? There has to be more to it than that. What has being quiet ever done for anybody? The silence is the source of all that is. Everything we have produced came out of the silence of someone's imagination/realization. Even the scams, cons, come-on's and lies. Knowing what is good and being right about it depends on experience beyond imagining, producing things we would never think of sitting still, being quiet. The field of action is the proving ground of all our dreams. Does it work? Under what conditions? For how long? With what side-effects, by-products and unintended consequences? Back-and-forth we go, improvising and perfecting, taking a lifetime of living, or two, to figure it out.
In the beginning, we are all in the same boat, starting out with our original nature and the luck of the time and place of our living to work with in finding our way through what becomes of our life. We could all use more help and better choices. Our place is to see to it that the best we can do under the circumstances, is really the best we can do. It starts with listening to our heart, our body-- our symptoms, and what we know "in our bones," and our "gut feelings"-- and our dreams (Our dreams always show us how it is in our life, and ask what we are going to do about it, as a way of assisting us in restoring our balance and harmony, and finding our way). It helps to keep our happiness and desire from running "the show," and to stay away from the extremes of greed/hatred/anger, and in the mid-range between our opposites/polarities/contradictions, moving the balance-point as necessary to maintain our harmony and accord with our original nature and the requirements of our circumstances all the way to our last breath. There needs to be a lot of awareness going on at all times. And "all we ever wanted was smooth and easy" (Ogi Overman).
Wait for the invitation! Do not push your way into the moment! Don't crash the party! Don't force your way onto The Way! Do not act out of time! Wait for the door to open before walking through! One time is not as good as another. Every time is the right time for something. Most likely, waiting. We wait for the time to be right, for the time to be fulfilled, "at hand." The propitious time, the favorable time, the opportune time, the appointed time, is the time to act. Wait, watching. You will know it when it comes upon you like labor pains, or time to go to the loo. In the meantime, seek out what needs to be done here and now-- and do it as it needs to be done. Doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time is always appropriate and timely.