Do not have a plan. Do not think you know where you are going. Do not have to know where you are going. Do not need to know where you are going. Do not know where you are going. Do not think you know what you are doing. Do not have to know what you are doing. Do not need to know what you are doing. Do not know what you are doing. Do not think you ought to contrive a future. Do not think you can contrive a future worth having. Do not contrive a future. Do not try to figure your best move, or seek to serve your advantage, or strive to gain the advantage, or think you know what the advantage is. See what you look at. Ask the questions that beg to be asked. Say the things that cry out to be said. Listen to what you hear beyond what is said to what is implied, to what is meant. Know what is called for in each situation as it arises. Respond with what you have to offer out of your gifts/daemon/spirit/virtues/character and let things fall out around that. Let sincerity, balance and harmony be your traveling companions. Consult your creative center and source of your Original Nature, and allow them to lead you in acting to incarnate your nature in all of the times and places of your living, in each here and now of your existence, in doing what needs you to do it within the circumstances that unfold before you. Receive your life each day as an adventure waiting for you to live it. Dance with your contradictions and bear consciously the pain that is your to bear, always open to the joy and wonder of being alive. And your life will teach you all you need to know.
We are minding our own business, going about life as usual, all our plans are in place, meeting our responsibilities and carrying out our duties in serving our own sense of The Good to the best of our ability, when along comes a war, or a pandemic slams the door on one future and opens the door to a starkly different one, requiring us to adapt and adjust in mid-stride. Transitions are tough to negotiate even when we see them coming. When they are thrust upon us out of nowhere we have to get our feet back under us with the world spinning around us while free-falling through a debris field of all that once was the world we lived in thirty seconds ago, they are a monster, eating our old life alive laughing at our prospects and mocking our chances. When everything is blown away, we have to connect ourselves consciously with the one constant that remains steadily in place through all the vicissitudes of time and space. That would be us. Carl Jung said, "We are who we have always been, and who we will be." We remain constantly and continually ourselves through all that comes and goes throughout our life. We have to remind ourselves of that, and breathe slowly and deeply, as we recover our sense of our own being, reunite with our Original Nature, check to make sure our shadow is where it should be, and remind ourselves of who we are and what we bring to this moment and every moment flowing from this one. Our task is the same across all conditions and circumstances of life: We stop, take inventory, assess what is happening and what needs to be done about it, determine what is being called for, in each situation as it arises and respond to it with the gifts/daemon/spirit/virtues/character that came with us from the womb and accompany us wherever we go all our life long. Our work is the same in all times and places. We stand up, and step forward, rising to the occasion and meeting whatever faces us as only we can moment-by-moment, situation-by-situation, day-after-day, time-after-time-- letting things fall into place around that and adjusting to new realities as they emerge, responding on the fly as needed all the way. Through all that comes, we maintain our conscious connection with the source and center of our Original Nature, being who we are when we are, where we are, no matter what every step of the way-- allowing the path to open before us as we start walking, and trusting ourselves to the creative mystery within guiding us through the choices and decisions that are ours to make as though we know what we are doing, when in truth, we are only doing what seems to be the right thing to do at the time, and letting the outcome be the outcome-- which will be just another situation where we stand up and step forward to meet and deal with as best we can. Resting and regrouping as we are able, and doing what can be done about what needs to be done all the way. Each of us is uniquely suited for the adventure that is ours. It only takes believing that and living as if it were so for it to be so in every day that lies ahead.
We have to be able to bear the pain of seeing what we look at and knowing what we know. Bearing the pain of life as it is is the foundational step toward life as it may be. The catch is that life as it may be may be nothing like life as we want it to be, as we wish it were, at least not in our lifetime. And we have to bear that pain in doing the work that needs to be done to make things better than they are for future generations. How many generations out are we from life as it needs to be? It doesn't matter. What matters is that we do the work in our time and place toward life as it needs to be in all times and places-- without keeping score or caring what our chances are. Democracy, equality, justice, compassion, human rights... are worth living and dying for across time and place. And we have to bear the pain of service to ends worthy of us in every time and place, anyway, nevertheless, even so-- because everything depends on that, and flows from that. Living as though, as if, this were so makes it so! And we take our place in the long line of those who lived in the service of a good greater than their own, personal, good, in light of all that life may yet be for all who are alive throughout the time left for living.
What do you call a White Supremacist who frequents tanning beds and applies artificial tan with lotions and creams? Kidding ourselves is what we do best. Self-deception in all its myriad forms has characterized humanity from the beginning. We are always fooling ourselves, looking in the mirror, never seeing who is looking back. If you are a member of an organization-- or a group-- larger than three people, you are a danger to the rest of us. There are Republicans who are convinced that Democrats eat children-- literally, actually, in real time. Witch hunts were conducted by conspiracy theorists. Nazis and fascists were/are conspiracy theorists. Qanon never met a conspiracy theory it didn't like. Everything is so much better with someone else to blame for things being the way they are. And hatred, greed and fear are at the bottom of it all. "It is people like you who make people like me hate people like you!" Try making peace with people like that. With people who just want you dead. After inflicting misery and suffering on you forever. What's the fix? How do people get to be the way they are? What is going on? "Why can't we just get along?" How are hatred, fear and greed masking themselves in the things you believe? If you aren't self-aware enough to see what you look at when you look at you, you are a danger to the rest of us. Self-transparency-- with a particular sensitivity to denial, deception and delusion-- is the solution to all of our problems today. And every day. The fix is found in assuming our individual responsibility for facing, squaring up to, dealing with, handling and managing the truth-- particularly, as it pertains to us personally.