January 23, 2021

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Mt. Robson Oil Paint Rendered — Mt. Robson Provencal Park, British Columbia
Living to do what the moment
needs us to do
is to put ourselves in the service
of that which is greater than we are.

It is the most spiritual thing on the planet,
serving the moment,
being alive to the here and now,
being aware of the here and now,
being present to what is present with us.

Mostly, we pass through the here and now,
on our way to somewhere else--
somewhere more important,
more interesting,
a better place to be.

We are either alive now or not.
If not now, when?
When are we ever alive?
When are we ever doing what the moment
needs us to do?
It is always something else.
Something else is always in the way.
Of being here, now,
looking, listening,
attuned, aware, alive
to the moment
and what it needs from us.

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Mormon Row Barn 06/23/2001 Oil Paint Rendered — Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming
Living in each moment
as though it is the most important moment ever
would radically transform the world.

We throw moments away,
looking for the moment
we have been waiting for.
And we miss all the ones
that had been waiting for us.

Showing up and living truthfully
isn't about the Boy Scout Law.
It is about being present
and seeing what's what--
what is happening
and what needs to be done in response,
and making the response
the moment is calling for
out of our repertoire
of gifts/genius/virtues/character/etc.
that come with us from the womb.

Think of it as practice
for the Big One 
when it comes around--
and treat all of the little ones
as though they are the ones
that matter.

Offer what is needed
when it is needed
where it is needed
the way it is needed
for as long as it is needed 
moment-by-moment,
and everything will 
fall into place around that,
and the difference
will be amazing.

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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