November 22, 2020


Walnut Creek Trail to Carolina Thread Trail Connector Trail 01 11/09/2020 — Lancaster County, South Carolina
What are the things keeping us
from being the person we are capable
of being,
doing the things we are capable
of getting done?

Really--what is holding us back?
Standing in our way?
If it weren't for what,
we would be doing what?

Sit quietly with those things 
in your lap.

Meditate on those things.
Contemplate those things.
See what stirs to life in so doing.
See what comes to light.
See where you are being led,
and don't fail to go
where you are being directed.

Your life needs you to live it
the way it needs to be lived.
To serve your destiny.
To be who you were born to be.
In each situation as it arises
all your life long.

Beginning right here right now.



Wood Duck 02 05/15/2014 — Bass Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
We are here to serve our destiny--
to be who we are,
doing what is ours to do,
without contriving to have our way,
or to get what we want,
or to turn things to our
or advantage--
just to be who we are
and do what is ours to do
for no other reason than because
that is who we are
and that is what is ours to do.

In each situation as it arises,
all our life long.

Our destiny is the rough equivalent
of a caste system,
the only difference being
that no one can tell us what 
our destiny is
by virtue of the circumstances 
of our birth.

No one can tell us what our destiny is.
That is ours only to know
for ourselves.

Only I know what is "me."
And "not-me."
Only you know what is "you."
And "not-you."

Joseph Campbell said,
"We know when we are on the beam,
and when we are off of it."

We know what is ours to do
when we see it.
We know it is talking to us
when it calls our name.

Of course, most of us have other ideas.
We have our preferences
and our dreams for our life.
The trouble is that our life
probably has other ideas for us.

This gets us to the heart of,
"Not my will, but thine, be done!"
Our life's will for us 
can be like a crucifixion,
a self-sacrifice,
to our wants/wishes for ourselves
in swearing filial allegiance
and liege loyalty to our destiny
and our life's will for us.

This is the story of the Garden of Eden
and the Garden of Gethsemane.
Who is the final authority
determining how our life is to be lived?
Is it us?
Or our life, our destiny?

Our answer to that question
determines everything that follows.



Sun Beams 02 09/02/2014 — Water Rock Knob, Blue Ridge Parkway, Maggie Valley, North Carolina
If everyone would sit still
and be quiet
until The Shift happened
the world would be instantly transformed.

Shift happens.
It happens regularly throughout our life.
But we cannot schedule it.
It doesn't happen when it is convenient.
It doesn't happen at the same time
for anyone,
much less for everyone.
It can be assumed,
and even expected,
and looked forward to,
but it cannot be predicted,
and if it is controlled,
it is artificial,
and cannot be relied upon
to be as dependable
and trustworthy
as the real thing.

When The Shift happens,
our life "clicks" into place,
and things take shape around that.

We know what is important,
see what needs to happen,
hear what is being called for
in each situation as it happens,
and live in the service
of our destiny
in responding spontaneously
to the need of the moment
in each situation as it arises,
with sincerity and non-contrivance,
compassion and acceptance,
balance and harmony,
day-in and day-out,
all our life long.

This is the attitude,
and the approach to life,
that changes the world.

And it arises on it own
out of the stillness
of the silence.

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.

2 thoughts on “November 22, 2020

    1. Hi Wesley, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s approach to mindfulness will be a help to you throughout your life. Just breathing yourself into here and now gives you a sense of yourself in the present moment and provides you with a pivot point for levering the future into being just by the way you respond to the Now as you live it! Good for you! — Jim


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