There are so many ways of missing the point. Of missing the way. Of not getting it. And then, there is President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the people of Ukraine. If they can get it right, why can't everybody?
It is raining and 34 degrees outside. I am inside with a fire and a cup of coffee. My idea of a perfect day, of perfection generally. It is 6:10 AM. I've been up since 4:35. Because I can't wait to see what the day has to offer. It is always something. I am never disappointed. It has taken all these years-- today is my 78th next-to-last-day-of-February-- to be where I am. I am amazed that it has taken this long. And wish I had been more aware of things as they are all the way from then to now. Just looking, just watching, just seeing, just knowing, just making connections, looking deeper, seeing more, seeing beyond assumptions and inferences, wants and desires to know what's happening and what needs to happen in response, and being right about it, and doing it with the gifts that are mine to serve and share, moment by moment, day by day, cooperating with my life and allowing it to carry me to where I need to be all along the way. I started participating in my life in that way in the mid-1970's, and have been growing in my ability to do it, consciously, reliably, dependably, since then. I'm getting better at it, at letting my life have its way with me, and enjoying the process of seeing what is happening and seeing what I do about it, how I respond to it, and where things go from there. I do better in an atmosphere of low noise, drama and complexity, and am working on my ability to drop into that kind of environment no matter where I am simply by observing things as they are without judgment, agenda or opinion-- just letting things be like that tree on the hill, and that cow in the pasture, and this line of traffic that is not moving at all. Having no will in the matter beyond willing myself to have no will in the matter has gotten me here, now. I wish I had started earlier having this attitude about things. I wouldn't likely be in a much different place, here and now, but the trip here would have been smoother, with fewer dead ends, and fewer regrets about missing what I missed, and doing what I've done, forcing things that had no business being. The rain is gentle and steady, the fire is a comfort, the coffee is a great companion, and I am glad to be here, now, ready for what is coming, which will be making bread pudding in its time.
Live like you care how you live! How would you live if you did care how you lived? How differently would you live if you cared how you lived? Where is it most apparent that you don't care? That you are just going through the motions? Just waiting for something to care about? For something to mean something to you? Wishing something would? Fake it! Live as though your life matters to you! What would you do if your life mattered to you? Do it! Do it like it matters to you! Live in ways that exhibit/express/reveal/incarnate your original nature. Who are you naturally? What is your shtick? Your drift? Your inclination? Your bent? Your way? Give way to that! Let your natural leaning direct your actions. How differently would you live? If you lived from the inside out? Instead of from the outside in? Gauging how you should act in order to position yourself for the greatest advantage/gain? Hoping to please the right people and have it made? Who do you live to please? If you lived to please you, how differently would you live? Live to find your natural self and to be comfortable in the life you are living. How would you go about doing that? Go about doing that.