We can deal with anything living out of our original nature and the virtues that are ours from birth in conjunction with the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence. Emptiness, stillness and silence are the matrix within which we develop our relationship with our nature and our virtues, and out of which we rise up to meet the world-- in each situation as it arises. Sizing up the situation and doing what needs to be done there, when, where and how it needs to be done, moment-by-moment, and are carried by the flow moving through one situation after another into the adventures of our life. This is life within the Tao, "Darkness within darkness, the gateway to mystery." And to life and being. Enter through the gateless gate, and walk upon the pathless path. It is the way.
Our fealty, liege loyalty and filial devotion belong to our life. We are sworn servants to our life our entire life long. It is our dharma duty to bring our life to life in the time and place of our living, in each situation as it arises. We have no concern other than that, no business other than that, no reason for being other than that. And no one tells us that ever anywhere along the way. They all hawk substitute lives to us, asking us what we want to be when we grow up--as if that is an option! Telling us enjoy ourselves and "pass a good time!" as though that has anything to do with it. Implying in 10,000 ways that living well comes down to making a lot of money and investing it all in trivial pursuits. We find ourselves born, and spend the rest of our lives trying to find something to take our mind off "the sufferings and sorrows of being alive." When, all the time, it's "right there," waiting for us to wake up to its presence and partner-up with its wonder for the adventure or, well, a lifetime, discovering and being who we are. We squander it all for bowl of porridge, we sell it for a pair of sandals, we trade it for a ticket to the super bowl. And die not knowing what we have done-- and failed to do. Bah! on us! Fie, Fie! on us! We have all it takes except the one thing it takes-- the courage to ask the questions that beg to be asked, to say the things that cry out to be said, to do the things that need to be done, when, where and how they need to be done, no matter what, all our life long. Our original nature is ready for action. Our innate virtues are primed for the times that are at hand. While we go for a pedicure, or order another beer at the bar, and look for some action, any kind of action, except the kind that is being called for, while the light begins to flicker, and fade.
All living things are born knowing their business, and live in its service all their life long, except for human beings. We have no idea of what our business is, and go for anything that is attractive and easy, or just easy. Lethargy, fear, desire and depression are our motivating forces. Nothing else comes close. Depression is there because lethargy/fear/desire are so thoroughly incapable of producing a life worth living that we spend our time languishing in terminal discontent for lack of anything better to do. Oh, for the drive of an earthworm! Or even a cloud! The persistence and fortitude of a giant sequoia is beyond our ability to comprehend. We cannot imagine being around that long with nothing more than that to do. We would take our own life in the seedling stage. We think prospects are essential, which is ridiculous, given the prospects we aspire to and serve with our life: Money. Sex. Drugs. Alcohol. Entertainment ("Bread and circuses"). These are all we can come up with for reasons to live, and that has held up over time-- over long stretches of time, from the beginning to here/now. What? Why is that the best we can do? Lethargy. Fear. Desire. Depression. There is an alternative. See. Do. Expanded, this becomes, See. Hear. Feel. Trust. Do. Expanded further, it becomes, See. Hear. Feel. Trust. Do. Arising in and flowing from the right kind of emptiness, stillness, and silence, which connect us with our original nature and our innate virtues which call us to live in their service in each situation as it arises by responding to what is called for in the here/now, no matter what, moment by moment, time after time, all our life long. Like giant sequoias in a shorter amount of time.