Make no effort, Jesus said, pointing to a flower. Musician and memoirist Booker T. Jones, 74, follows through: “I don’t put any effort into trying to make music my thing. It just happens.”
Whatever is achieved through effort will require more effort to protect and maintain.
“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.” Rootedness cannot be called an achievement. It happens when our minds are hushed and we’re completely stopped.
The good life is a soul-satisfying series of divestments. Only someone with a horror of accumulation can understand why this would be so.
We are not changed, healed or transformed by making an effort. Even as a concept, efforting-ing is exhausted. Change happens when we drop the conceit of doer-ship, expunge ambition and welcome what happens.