"Oh, I see what your problem is." The Buddha was talking to those gathered to discover the secret path to eternal happiness. "You care too much about what happens to you! You will never be happy until you care less about what happens, and care more about doing what you can in every situation to make things as good as they can be for yourselves, one another, and all others-- and let that be good enough!" --From "The Undiscovered Discourses of The Buddha"
Move toward what resonates with you. Move away from what repels you. Simple and fundamental rules for life. The things that resonate with you are your guides through all that lies ahead. Just as "One book opens another," so the things that resonate with you will lead you to other things that resonate with you, and you will discover wonders in the most unlikely places, and come alive in the life you are living in ways you could have never imagined, or created, on your own by thinking about it through careful planning. We know what we need, but. We do not know what all we know. And so. We have to develop our awareness in order to realize what lies latent within waiting for its chance to sparkle and astound when someone-- that would be us-- asks it if it would like to dance.
We take what the day gives us and do what we can with it with the gifts we have to offer within the context and circumstances of our life, moment-by-moment, and see where it goes. We keep our religion to ourselves, and stay out of other people's business, honoring everyone's ability to see what they look at, and hear what is being called for in the time and place of their living, being clear about where we start and they stop, and only drawing lines when it becomes apparent that they are a danger to themselves and to others, and then in as kind a way as the occasion allows, understanding that no one is in charge of the way they see things-- but that doesn't mean that all ways of seeing are equally valid, and that some ways must be challenged when they threaten the balance and harmony of the whole. We carry our pain in different ways, and what we see when we look at one another is the outward, visible, expression of how we have carried our inward, invisible, pain over the course of our life. And a little compassion means a lot. So, even when we draw lines it needs to be done with a compassionate stroke, a soft voice, and a gentle tone, granting the benefit of the doubt to all comers, and telling ourselves, "These people would be doing better if they could," as we carry out our business of restoring consonance and bringing peace to a torn and broken world.