December 24, 2020


Steele Creek Trestle Panorama 02/13/2014 Oil Paint Rendering — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
It is Christmas Eve. 
A wonderful time 
for re-evaluating your relationship
with your life.

We know all about what 
needs to be changed about the world.
What needs to be changed about you?

About your relationship with you?
About your relationship with the world?

It is a week until New Year's Eve.
The New Year is the traditional time
to consider what needs to be new about us
in honor of a new year,
a new beginning,
replete with resolutions and high hopes
for "this year being different."

We have a week to focus on our relationship
with our life and the world.
Not to think,
but to listen.

We do not get anywhere we need to be
by thinking,
but by listening,
by looking,
by seeing,
by hearing,
by reflecting/connecting
and forming new realizations.

What do we need to realize?
We have no idea.
So thinking cannot get us there.

Spend your time in the next week,
sitting still,
being quiet,
open to what comes up in the silence,
waiting for things to arise
with a particular "charge" about them
that "catches your eye,"
and "calls your name,"
and demands that you pay attention.

Look closer at those things,
just watching,
just seeing,
just hearing,
holding everything in your awareness,
writing down what needs to be written down,
and continuing to sit still,
be quiet,
and listen,

And see where you are in a week.
Perhaps the mud will settle,
and the water will clear,
and you will know what
you are being called to do.

Then there is doing it.

Throughout the New Year,
and beyond!

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.

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