This is not a warning against irreverence. We have heard this common theme before. We can walk in the footsteps of the Buddha all we want, but the path he took is not the path we must follow to attain enlightenment.
Each of our journeys through life are unique, and as such, each of our journeys to enlightenment are different. Respecting this while living a normal life, that is the key.
When we are truly in each moment, with no expectations or attachments, we are enlightened, we are awakened, if even for a moment.
If we can learn to detach ourselves from our own perceptions and understand they are just our past perceptions and they may not be true, then we are more open to new observations, other people’s opinions, and other sides to the story.
The simple fact is we cannot achieve happiness being attached to things, having endless insatiable desires, and having obsession of attaining things. This is a very common cause of suffering.