December 20, 2020

02

Islands in the Stream 01/11/2013 — Lake Jeanette, Greensboro, North Carolina
Joseph Campbell said,
"The crucial thing to live for
is the sense of life
in what you are doing,
and if that is not there,
then you are living according
to other people's notions
of how you ought to live."

Whenever that describes our current situation,
we have to stop.
Look.
And listen.

We have drifted away from the path,
and have to get back on track
by re-orienting ourselves,
turning the light around,
re-establishing our relationship
with our center,
re-connecting with the guiding sense
of what matters most,
re-aligning ourselves with the force
of our own life-energy,
and seeking ways to express
that which is deepest,
truest
and best about us--
the virtues,
character
and manner
which are the gifts
that came with us at birth
and seek expression,
incarnation,
embodiment
in-and-through us 
and the life we are living.

This is our life's purpose,
our destiny:
to be who we are
in the way we live.

Getting back to that,
and living from it,
in service to it,
and letting everything else
fall into place around it,
is to find the sense of life
in what we are doing,
to be one with the Tao,
and to dance with the Mystery of Live and Being.

We can't beat that anywhere.

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01

Making for Home–The Mailboat’s Wake, Stonington Maine
We live to know what owns us,
and to choose to be owned by it
or not.

We choose our owner.
It is the only choice we get to make.
Beyond that,
it is being owned.
Like it or not.

Truth is a harsh taskmaster.
Reaping what it did not plant,
harvesting what it did not sow.
Asking us, "Did you think
you were just along for the ride?"

We have to work out for ourselves
how much we can get by with,
and where to draw the line.
That is where we find out
who owns us.

We are who we show ourselves to be.
Regardless of who we think we are,
or who we say we are,
or who we wish we were.
Where we draw the line
reveals the truth of who we are.

What are the lines we live within?
Who draws them?
That is who owns us.
For better and for worse.

Better and worse.
Good and evil.
Those are coins 
that have no edge.
Now it is up,
now it is down.
But, both are up and down
at the same time.
Each goes over into the other
like that,
and where does that line lie?

Whomever/Whatever owns us,
there are advantages and disadvantages.
Advantage/disadvantage is already
good/evil,
better/worse,
right/wrong.

Beyond good and evil
is out of the question.
We take the good along with the bad
and let it be
because it is.

Who owns us is who we are.
For better and for worse.
Forget advantage and disadvantage!
Decide this day whom you will serve!
Because that is who you are!

We are to be who we are because we are,
and let that be that,
because it is.

What can you live with,
being and doing,
with full awareness
of who you are being,
of what you are doing?

Be that!
Do that!
And let the outcome be the outcome.
For better and for worse.

Only God can worship God.
Everyone else 
is just trying to get something
they don't deserve.

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.

One thought on “December 20, 2020

  1. You are so right. Only God can worship God… like truth recognizes itself, light radiates light. Peace on you, Jim.  Talk soon, e$

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