How many people do you know, counting yourself, who are well-balanced people? Stable, centered, steady, reliable, dependable? How many can you count on being a brightly burning flame in gale-force winds upon the heaving waves of the wine-dark sea? I need one or two people like that in my life to help me right the boat and steer a straight course through the clashing rocks and mind-spinning absurdities of our daily fare. I don't know of anyone I would trust with the future-- and the future needs some trustworthy people at the helm. I think the all must be in secret bunkers, riding it out. That leaves me with finding the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence. You cannot help noticing that the noise of this world is deafening and unrelenting. A real test for those seeking emptiness, stillness and silence. First we empty ourselves of the noise of the world. That's a tall order.
What do you do to square yourself up with the day? What is your regimen for meeting what is to be met? For facing what is to be faced? For balancing what needs to be balanced? For doing what is to be done? I remind myself that I trust myself to have what I need to find what I need to deal with whatever needs to be dealt with when I get out of bed. Settled into my original nature, I can be confident in my native ability to rise to the occasion with the right word or deed to do what is called for time after time. I have done it this long, I can do it as long as it takes to bring this boat into the harbor-- looking forward to finding what waits along the way.
We waste a lot of Qi--pronounced, I believe, "key," and understood by the old Taoists to be "Life Energy," allotted to us at birth and when it is used up, we die-- liking and not-liking the way things are and the way things happen around us and to us. It is all "just this, just that." When something itches, we scratch it, without thinking much about it, responding out of our original nature to deal with our circumstances, while remaining focused on what we were doing. How much we like something, or like it not, isn't relevant to doing what needs to be done about it whether we like it or not. I never particularly liked changing our daughters diapers, or washing dishes, or mowing the lawn, etc., but that did not interfere with how well I did the things that needed doing. Our life energy isn't going to be replenished. When we use it up, its gone, and we with it. Savvy?