How does Tevya (Fiddler on the Roof) make it in New York without his horse and wagon, cow and chickens, his children and his community? Tevya and Golda step off the boat and into a land that is foreign on all levels. The language, the money, the noise, the concrete and steel... If only they had the right kind of friends, but it would take friends like they are to help them find the way amid the madness of life in their new (Can it ever be?) home. But wait! They DO have themselves! If they work out a new relationship with themselves, they can find exactly what they need to be fulfilled and triumphant and joyful right where they are! They have what it takes! They only need to realize that and find it within themselves. By forging a new relationship with the Other within! Relying on the strengths they have, the gifts/genius/daemon/talents/abilities/etc. that have always been a part of who they are, they can create the kind of atmosphere they need to find in the center of New York Center. And as it is with them, so it is with you and me! We have what we need-- we only need to transform our relationship with ourselves to know it is so, and find what we need by being what we need in the way we live our life and rely on ourselves to dance with our circumstances as we step into each situation as it arises and calls us to rise to the occasion and do what needs to be done with the gifts/etc. of our original nature coming to life, and to light, as the context of each moment elicits and calls forth who we are in that moment, and miracles happen one moment after another, so that where we are becomes better for our being there, and everyone benefits from the compassion and grace of our presence. It only takes living it to know that it is so! To know that we are Tevya and Golda moving to America, and we have been here all our life-- which gives us an advantage they didn't have!
We look for what needs to be done and do it with the gifts/daemon/genius/talents/abilities/virtues/etc. we have to serve and share, in each situation as it arises, all our life long-- without thinking about what's in it for us, or when it is going to be our turn, or "What about ME?". We do it because it needs to be done and we have gifts/etc. to serve and to share, for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it. Our gifts/etc. are dying to come to life in us through the way we respond to each situation. Our situations elicit, call forth, our innate capacities and capabilities. There is more to us all than meets the eye, any eye, waiting for its chance to shine. And the conditions and circumstances of our life need what we have to offer. Everything waits for us to be who we are, offering what we have to give to the time and place of our living. What are we waiting for?
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Big smile. Even a small laugh. It is so!