We only have the moment to work with. This moment, here and now. What needs to be done here, now? Do it the way it needs to be done, with nothing but our original natures and the virtues that came with us from the womb to work with. Doing that, we make miracles happen all the time. Failing to do that, we contribute to the dissolution of the world. We have to be who we are, doing what we do, moment by moment. What stops that? Interferes with that? Prevents that? What's with the distractions? Diversions? Lack of clarity, focus, resolve? Why the wandering mind? No foundation? No concentration? Lost and blowing like a tumbleweed through the world? We have business here. Why don't we know what it is? Why aren't we doing it? What is the last thing we did with all our heart-- for no reason beyond the joy of doing it, and the satisfaction of having done it? What can we imagine doing like that here and now? I mean right here, right now! What can we do with all our heart, here and now? How about doing it? For as long as you have time to devote to it?
What will make the biggest difference in all the world for all of time is you being right about what is important and what needs to be done in light of what is important right here and right now. I'm not kidding. What will make the biggest difference in all the world is you realizing that it matters what you do and how you do it right here right now, and living in light of what matters most right here right now and doing what needs to be done in light of that right here and right now. In this moment, and every moment following this one for the rest of your life. This means you will have to pay attention. And be aware of what's what and what is called for, and what is important (and be right about it) (And here's a clue, a tip, don't over look it: You will never be right about it by thinking about it. Being right about it has to come from a different place than the thinking place. It comes from the same place your heart gets what it knows when it knows something is right for it. It comes from the same place your body gets what it knows when it gets that "Uh-oh feeling." And all of its "gut feelings," and all of what it knows "in its bones." That's where to go to be right about what's important.) You will have to be focused, and present, and alert, without having anything to gain or to lose, without forcing or striving, just like waiting to see what needs to happen for lunch, say, or for dessert. Or what to wear today, or tomorrow. You just wait to see with no investment in the outcome, but being attentive to knowing what it is going to be with nothing to gain or lose if it's Chinese or lemon ice box pie, or the green shirt and the brown shoes. But, you'll be right about it, just like you can be right about what is called for in any occasion that arises, and you can rise to meet the occasion just be being right about what is called for, by dropping into the right kind of emptiness, and the right kind of stillness, and the right kind of silence, and just like that, you change the world moment by moment. If you are going to take anything on faith, let it be this, and live as though it is so, and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime. Mind how you go. I'll keep an eye out for you. And you for me? No?
What form does your art take? Don't give me you don't have one. We are all artists come to serve and to share our art. Carl Jung said that the problems of humankind all flow from our inability to tell our story. To share our art is to tell our story. The most therapeutic thing we can do for ourselves and our world is to get out of our way and allow our art to come forth as a blessing and a grace upon ourselves and our world. Nothing is going to get better until we begin to serve and share our art. What form does your art take? Why hold anything back?
We owe it to ourselves to discover the life we are here to live-- the life that exhibits fealty to our original nature and the virtues that are ours to serve and to share. How can we live that life and pay the bills? We have to work it out. By walking two paths at the same time. And we do that by always keeping an eye on the other path while we are walking this one. This is called being transparent to ourselves. And being true to ourselves. Being true to ourselves requires us to be transparent to ourselves. And that is all there is to it. Oh, and that requires us to die, metaphorically, again and again, in bringing forth who we are born to be within the times and places of our living. Death and resurrection, Kid. Death and resurrection.