January 07, 2021

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Crabtree Falls Panorama 05/30/2008 Oil Paint Rendering — Blue Ridge Parkway, Little Switzerland, North Carolina
What is the organizing idea
of our life?
The original Oomph driving
our original nature?

We are here to do what?
What drives us?
What shapes our life?

What does our particular constellation
of interests/abilities/knacks/proclivities/
virtues/characteristics
equip us to do?

What calls us forth?
Leads us on?

What fascinates us?
Attracts us?
Spellbinds us?

What is the theme running through 
all that we are enthusiastic about?

What brings us joy?

What is the spark that lightens up our day?
And leads us along the way?

Sit with these questions.
See where they lead.

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McMullen Creek 12/28/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — McMullen Creek Greenway, Charlotte, North Carolina
Native Americans have a saying:
"It's a good day to die!"

That means,
it is a good day to die
in the service
of what needs to be done--
in the service of what needs us to do it!

There is only us
and what is ours to do--
beyond what we want to do,
beyond what we feel like doing,
beyond what we are in the mood for,
beyond what we are interested in,
beyond what is on our agenda
beyond our idea of how our life 
is to be spent...

Who are we?
What are we about?
What are we to be about?

We only have to be who we are,
and be about what we are to be about.

That is all that is asked of us ever.

But, we have our mind on other things.

We have the time left for living
to find our life
and live it.

And we are burning daylight.
What???

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The Grandfather Mountain Variations 01 10/15/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
There are those 
who cannot bear the world
as it is,
as it is becoming,
as it needs to be.

Jesus said about them,
"Leave the dead to bury the dead,
and you go find your life
and live it!"

Native Americans said about them,
to their young leaving home
to find their way in the world,
"As you go to seek your gifts
and the things that need
what you have to offer,
the birds of the air will shit on you--
do not pause even to wipe it off."

We are born with a mission,
with a purpose beyond all of our purposes,
with a calling to go and be who we are,
and let the outcome be the outcome.

We leave the womb
and enter the world
of 10 billion distractions,
10 trillion diversions,
and 1 better idea
of what would make us truly happy forever
after another
for as long as we are alive.

And our task is to find our life
and live it.

How are you doing with that?

Here is the test for knowing:
How often can you sit still
and be quiet
for how long?

The silence reveals
who we are
and who we are not
and what is ours to do
and what is not ours to do.

How long can you be quiet?
How often do you seek out the silence?

Balance and harmony
come to those who wait quietly
for the mud to settle
and the water to clear.

And all of that,
and all that follows, 
is up to us.

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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