There are people who do their jobs the way they need to be done. There are people who live their lives the way they need to be lived. Start looking for them. There are more of them than you might think. And don't forget to add yourself to your running tally of how many you spot in a day.
"Om mani padme hum" is a Buddhist chant that can be translated, "The jewel is in the Lotus," with the implied second verse always in the background like an embarrassing uncle, "and the Lotus is in the slime." That would be the slime at the bottom of the pond. suggested in the above image by the lily pads well past prime. The dichotomy is not to be missed, on several levels. There is the Buddhist denial of all dichotomy in its insistence that all is one, while being grounded in the very dichotomy it despises. "Life is suffering" and suffering is the foundation of the Buddhist rail against suffering in the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold-Path. Suffering doesn't exist as a duality to Nirvana, but where would we be without it? The Jewel of Enlightenment and the Slime of Unknowing/Ignorance/Denial are two partners in one dance through time and space. "The Jewel is in the Lotus" is another way of saying, "Life Eats Life," or "Yin/Yang," reminding us that what we seek is grounded in who we are, and we cannot escape ourselves by being different from who we are. We are one because we are two. Or more. And because we are two, or more, we seek a steady state of the bliss of oneness. The Jewel is in the Lotus the way we are One Now, by being conscious of who we are and also are and allowing that to be who we are. Using the strengths of our "other sides" to deepen/expand/enlarge us and our capacity for compassion, kindness and grace for all people because we know "Thou Art That" and therefore "Namaste," "I bow to you." "All of me bows to all of you." We are one, and we all are one, in our otherness. Realizing it makes it so. May it be so.
"The shortest way through is the long way 'round," states the folk wisdom of the ages. We know what we know because we have lived it and cannot deny it because we know it to be so. Theology and doctrine are opinions. Folk wisdom is knowledge lodged in the body-- in our heart, in our stomach, in our bones. Where there is no debate, and no difference of opinion. Carl Jung talks about "circumambulation" as being the way of maturity and grace, and represented it as an infinitely distant spiral, circling the Anchor Stone of our self's true nature/virtues, gradually coming to the realization of who we are and what is ours to do over the full course of our life as our experience with life brings us forth and shows us who we are by the way we respond to the events and circumstances of the day-to-day. Each situation as it arises elicits our response. How we respond over time reveals who we are. The shortest path to that truth is the long way 'round.