We build a life around our original nature and the innate virtues that are our from birth. We live to serve these things, sharing them appropriately in each situation as it arises. What we do to pay the bills falls into place around this center, and we live with balance and harmony, with integrity and sincerity, at one with our life, and doing what needs to be done, when, where and how it needs to be done, all our life long. This is the adventure of being alive. Which we can reject/refuse by having eyes for other things. Smooth and easy, for example. Or, the culture's idea of having it made. Or, our idea of success and happiness... The list is long of things that separate us from our life and lead us into a life that has nothing to do with our original nature and innate virtues. And thus, the need for consciousness/awareness and diligence in the service of The Way that is uniquely ours to travel, making a regular place in our life for emptiness, stillness and silence, reflection, realization, illumination, enlightenment-- as our life becomes our practice and we become its devoted attendees, moment by moment, day by day.