What is stopping us from becoming neglected, abandoned, betrayed? We are the guardians of ourselves. We are the champions of our bodies, our lives. We owe fealty to our original nature and the virtues that are ours from birth. No knight in shinning armor's oath of liege loyalty and filial devotion was greater than ours should be to serve and protect our nature, our virtues, our life. How are we doing with that? How might we do better? Why not do it?
The only thing standing between us and everlasting joy and satisfaction is a slight shift in perspective. Perspective is a superpower. The Elder Wand. It transforms everything. Nothing is so bad that it can't be made better by changing the way we look at it. Our relationship with ourselves, our life, one another and the world at large can be renewed, reshaped, reformed simply by changing our perspective about all these areas. We don't have to see things as we do. We don't have to think about things as we do. We don't have to feel about things as we do. We do not have to threat things as we do. We can change our mind about everything. And change everything in so doing. We hold the power of the gods. How we use it tells the tale.
We do not get good-enough choices. What we do about that tells the tale. Stay away from all organized forms of religion is my best advice. They are selling you something you do not need to buy. You have to trust yourself to know what is best for you, even when you have no idea. Here is how it works: The best we can do in any situation is always right there. All we have to do is do it in one situation as it arises after another, and we will get better at it over time, until, eventually, we are smoking cigars and reveling in the good we are doing, by doing nothing more than trusting ourselves to do the best we can with what we have to work with. Of course, there is a catch. It has to be truly the best we can do. And there are always two things standing in our way, keeping us from doing the best we can do in every situation that comes along. Make that three things. Fear. Laziness. Greed. Fear, laziness and greed are why we are where we are today. Are why the world is the way it is today. Are the only things standing in our way, preventing things from being better than they are. What we do about that is up to us. What we do about that tells the tale. Will we trust ourselves to do all that can be done with what we have to work with time after time? Will we do it? At this point, the three tools/weapons and the four companions are waiting to be relied upon and utilized: The right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence. Our original nature, the virtues that are ours to serve and to share, sincerity, integrity. Up against fear, laziness and greed. Should be no contest, but. You know how we are...
Look. It's like this: There is our original nature, and there are the virtues that came with us from the womb. That is what we have to work with. We violate our nature by being who we are not, and by refusing to be who we are. We violate our virtues by ignoring/denying/despising the gifts that are ours to serve and to share. By having big ideas, and living to serve them at the expense of the things that are legitimately ours to serve (and share). This, you see, or will if you look, is the story of the Garden of Eden. We are born, here and now, with this and that, and we want to trade it for something better. Something different. Something more. And we spend a lot of time coming to terms with who we are and what is ours to work with. Sometimes we waste our entire life not wanting anything to do with who we are and what is ours to work with. That is called "Too bad for us." So it comes down to what Red Redding had to say, "We can get busy living or get busy dying." What's it going to be?
People can look at the same thing and see something different. This is the power of projection at work in our life. We cannot just see what is there, we see all of the things we read into the thing we look at. Everything brings something up in us, connects us with something else that it triggers within us. Everything triggers something. We remember everything and associate past things with present things, and see everything when we see anything. Emotionally. We feel it. We can say, "This is not that," but we react to "this" as though it were "that." Can't help it. It is automatic. Built into us from the beginning. How we see is who we are, where we have been, what has happened to us, and failed to happen at all. We can look at the same sunset, and not see the sunset before us for all the sunsets it represents. And all that it means beyond sunsets. It is a wonder we can see anything for all the things that are in the way.