What we need to hear at any point in or life is contingent upon the nature of our situation and circumstances at that point-- and upon how we have responded to all of our situations and circumstances up to that point. What we need to hear now is contingent upon what we have heard up to now. And how we responded to it. We cannot hear what our life has not prepared us to hear. And, how we respond to our life assists or inhibits that preparation. We can cooperate with our life, and we can work against our life in every way. The quality of our life in this moment reflects the quality of our relationship with our life up to this moment. If our relationship has been adversarial that will have an outcome/impact different from a relationship that has been congenial and collaborative. "We reap what we sow" in this regard. We may need to change our relationship with our life if we want to alter the outcome of our living in the time left for living. In order to hear what our life is saying, is calling for, we have to upgrade the quality of our listening-- and the quality of our response to what we have heard.
Every photograph worth the time it takes to view it had to be taken at the exact time and place it was taken. Coming back tomorrow, or in ten minutes, wouldn't do it. HERE AND NOW!!! Makes all the difference. This is the Tao being lived out in our life. Doing the right thing at the right time in the right way is the Tao in full bloom. Photographers, and writers, and poets, and artists, and musicians, and baseball players, and farmers and surgeons... The list is long of all the people who live in accord with the Tao in doing what they are doing with their life. One time is not as good as another. The moment matters. When the time for acting is upon us, we have to act, or live with having failed to act for the rest of our life. That's the Tao for you, and why it matters to be attentive to the time and place of our living, and to know what is being called for here and now and do it the way it needs to be done all the time. If what you do matters to you, the Tao has a central place in your life.