July 09, 2020


Linville Falls Panorama 07/13/2012 — Blue Ridge Parkway, Linville Falls, North Carolina, July 12, 2012
Trust where you are
to be exactly where you need to be.

Trust the path you are on
to take you to exactly where you need to be.

Trust seeing what you look at,
and hearing what you listen to--
asking the questions that beg to be asked,
and saying the things that cry out to be said--
to produce the reflection necessary
to promote the realizations required
that enable you to recognize
when the door opens
and provide you with the courage required 
to walk through.

So that from here to there
becomes a natural transition
that "just happens"
when the time is right,
and is so obvious
that it is simply a spontaneous shift
in the right direction,
with the path you are on 
taking you where you need to be,
one situation at a time--
occasioned by 10,000 unapparent right actions
opening and walking through
all of the doors 
that led to The Door,
resulting in you always
being where you needed to be,
doing what needed to be done,
every step along the way.

That is the way it is with The Way.

Break a miracle down into its component parts
and the whole thing is a miracle.

And our life is a wonder in the making.



Spring Flow 04/16/2002 — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterford, North Carolina, April 16, 2001
I am more inclined to follow my inclinations
these days
than my compelling urges
and driving passions.

My best advice is to say,
listen to what you have to say
about what you have to say.

Listen until you can hear 
what is being said on all levels.
Look until you can see 
what you are looking at.
And know what's what.

Clarity is hard to beat.
Add Balance and Harmony
Right Action
and Perfect Timing,
and we have all the companions
we need to find our way
through the day
every day.

Lay aside ambition,
willful determination
and the obsession/compulsion
to impose your idea
of how things ought to be
upon how things are.
Simply listen
for what is being called for,
look for what needs to be done,
and wait for the Six Companions
to lead the way.

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 and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: