I write a lot and say very little. Very little that is different from what I've been saying for a lot of years. Since 1985,or earlier. How much did Jesus say that was different from what else he said? Or the Buddha? Or the Dali Lama? Chuang Tzu was a contemporary (Probably/maybe) with Lao Tzu, and said, basically, "Be the old turtle dragging its tail through the mud that you are, and not the movie/rock/political/social star you aspire to be." There is not much to be said that hasn't been said. "Be who you are and do what needs you to do it in each situation as it arises, without thought of profit or gain." That is the summation of everything I have to say. Everything I say is a variation of that theme. If anyone tells you anything contrary to that, walk on by, and keep walking.
It is not about getting to heaven when you die. It is not about being rich and having it made. It is about doing what needs to be done, the way you--and only you--can do it, when it needs to be done, where it needs to be done, how it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, no matter what, without thought of profit, gain, or merit. Sincerely, spontaneously, with integrity and zeal for, and dedication to, the task at hand: Doing what needs you to do it here and now within the terms and conditions, context and circumstances of the situation as it arises, with the gifts/daemon/genius/etc. of your original nature in ways appropriate to the time and place of your living. Moment-by-moment, day-by-day. What do you need to do that? Find it. Do it.
All of us who are bustin' it in the service of what needs to be done/said in the time that is upon us throughout the time left for living have to take our courage and determination from each other, for they be many, and not from our successes and achievements, for they be few. There are more of us who see what needs to be done/said in this moment of our time together than there have ever been in the history of the world. Look at Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! Sarah Kendzior and Andria Chalupa! Barbara Crane Navarro! And the men! Don't forget the men! The list is long! People are doing what they can imagine doing with the gifts that are theirs to work with, working as hard as they can in fighting against fascism and Big Money, and fighting for Liberty! Justice! Equality! Truth! in each situation as it arises all day long every day. And they aren't stopping because fascism and Big Money have the momentum, and the leverage, and the power to tilt the table in their favor to the detriment of all that is right, and good, and essential in all times and places forever. Jesus is on the list. And the Buddha. And the Dali Lama. We pick each other up with a word of encouragement, and a smile and a wink, and step back into the fray. Every day. All the way. It's what we do.
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Jim… thank you for the simple summation of what is important. I admire your commitment to taking photographs and to the internal journey! Returning to our true nature takes some certain awareness on our part. Happy to be with you on the ride✅ Peace & much love, e$
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