Be right about what needs to be done and do it. In each situation as it arises. Being right about what needs to be done is a simple matter of living in right relationship with the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence, and the right kind of relationship with yourself and your circumstances. The right kind of relationship with our circumstances is a matter of working to have no expectations, no agenda, no opinion regarding each situation as it arises. Once we have something personal at stake in the situation, we generate our own internal noise that disrupts the emptiness, stillness and silence, and interferes with the signals coming from our Inner Guide. Then, we have to find our way back to the Gateless Gate, turn the light around, and tune into our instinct, intuition, perspective and perception in order to regain our balance, achieve harmony and put ourselves in accord with the flow of the way, right here, right now, seeing what we look at, hearing what is being called for, knowing what's what and what needs to be done. That leaves doing it, then we move into the next situation, and put the process into play again, and again, and so on, for the rest of our life.
"Church" means only three things: "Everybody here all thinks alike, and we only ask questions that are allowed to be asked. If you don't like that, you aren't welcome here!" Jesus said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." And people in churches all know the truth but they are bound to the truth they call truth and can't be free to ask the questions that beg to be asked and to say the things that cry out to be said. Asking the questions that beg to be asked, and saying the things that cry out to be said, lead us to seeing what's what, to hearing what is being called for in order to do what needs to be done, when it need to be done, where it needs to be done, how it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, with nothing in it for us beyond the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it in each situation as it arises al our life long. No one wants to be that free. The freedom to do what needs to be done crimps, and cramps, our style. "That's asking too much!", we say, and bury ourselves in distraction, diversion, drama and denial until death mercifully relieves us of the burden of having to be free. I retired from the ministry after forty years and six months of "service to the church," serving five churches in three states, and was paid by all of those churches to talk to people about God. But. Not one of those churches, and not one church anywhere, at any time, so far as I have been able to tell, wanted me to tell them anything about God they had not already heard. How free is that? So, of course I said things they had not heard, but. Those were all things they could not hear. And so, they asked, "Jim, why don't you talk to us about things we can understand?" And when I said, "Because those are the things that keep you from being free to do the things that need to be done," they would look blankly and either leave, or stay and put up with me, hoping that one day I would begin to make sense. The ones who could hear what I was saying didn't need to hear it because they had already figured it out for themselves. Which is what everybody ought to be about, and putting it into practice in doing what needs to be done. So, I retired, but did not quit, and here I am, doing what needs to be done. And you?
Hope is way over-rated. People who cast about because they "have lost all hope," haven't lost hope-- they have the same amount they always had-- what they have lost is the fire. They have lost the glint in their eye, the length of their stride, the strength in their voice, their belief in what they are doing. They have given up because nothing seemed to be working, and they equate that with having no chance, which they think means having no hope. Deliver me from people like that! They expect somebody to restore their hope when what they have to do is get the fire back. They need to recover their vision, their sense, of what needs to be done, and put their shoulder to the wheel in doing what needs to be done whether it does any good or not! And that is something they do in the silence of their own shadow! It takes the right kind of emptiness, the right kind of stillness and the right kind of silence for the mud to settle and the water to clear, so that the realization of what is calling us to action can stir to life within us and urge us to do what needs us to do it-- Anyway! Nevertheless! Even So! We bring the fire to life when we invest ourselves in the work that needs to be done no matter what, and become the hope we seek, encouraging those who can be encouraged, and plowing past those who cannot be, giving them no mind because we are doing a great work, and can't be bothered by the whining and complaining.
What are your strengths? What are your virtues (What are you good for? What can you be counted on to do?)? What are your interests? What are your loves? Live to bring these things to life in the life you are living!