December 23, 2020

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Adams’ Millpond 11/10/2015 — Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
"What should I do?
What response should I make?
What is being asked of me?
What is being called for in this immediate situation,
here and now?"

We only have to know what is being called for
in the situation that is most pertinent
in any moment,
to know what we should do.

What is your most pressing situation
right here, right now?
Only you can decide that.

What is being called for?
Only you can decide that?

If you are being paralyzed,
or held hostage,
or rendered hopeless,
by the absence of acceptable outcomes--
if everything you can think of doing
is useless in terms of its impact
on the situation as a whole,
think smaller,
think here and now.

Share cups of cold water,
or hot coffee,
or room temperature wine,
and talk of better days,
or of what would help to get through 
these days,
or simply share the warmth
of each other's company...

You know,
like that.

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Charlotte Skyline 08/23/2017 Oil Paint Rendering– Charlotte, North Carolina
Enlightenment,
Illumination,
Reflection/realization
all result in
awakening to what is important--
that is,
knowing what we know to be important--
and being right about it,
so that we live out of that knowing
in each situation as it arises.

This is all it takes to put ourselves
right with ourselves
in the life we are living,
and with the world in which
we are living.

And that shifts the world on its course,
and puts the world in alignment 
with itself.

And that transforms everything.

Be right.
Do right.
Make right.

Get that down,
and we all have it made!

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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