August 9, 2020

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Mount Katahdin 10/09/2009 Watercolor Rendering — Baxter State Park, Millinocket, Maine, October 9, 2009
Absorbed and engaged are the soul's idea
of having it made.

It gets to be a problem
if we are only absorbed and engaged
drinking beer at the beach,
sitting before a slot machine in Las Vegas,
smoking pot,
gorging on one of sugar's ten thousand delivery systems,
or lost in any one of the 10,000 escapes and addictions.

Is it an escape/addiction, or is it an avenue of enlightenment?

Where does that line lie?

Since we are never more than a slight shift in perspective
from one or the other,
it could be either/or
with anything,
depending on our frame of mind 
and openness to the time and place,
here and now,
moment and mode
of our living.

The Path always begins under our feet
wherever they might be.
All it takes is opening our eyes,
seeing what we look at,
and walking with awareness,
absorption
and engagement,
step-by-step,
moment-by-moment,
situation-by-situation,
day-by-day
for the rest of our life.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and five granddaughters, and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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