February 20, 2021

02

John Deere Sunset Oil Paint Rendered — Concordia Parish, Louisiana, ca 1977
It comes down to doing this thing well.
Whatever it is.
Do the present moment well.

To do that,
we have to be all there,
collected,
attentive,
focused,
aware of the moment
and what is being called for there.

We cannot do the moment well
in an absent-minded kind of way.

In each moment,
there are the needs of the moment
to take into account
along with spontaneous impulse
of our nature.
Our place is to realize consciously
that we are allowing our natural
response to the situation before us
to arise within
and direct us in meeting the situation
without our being rationally/logically
in charge of our actions.

We do not think our way through
our situations as they develop
any more than we think our way
through the movements as we dance,
or the decisions we make returning
the ball in a game of tennis.

We trust ourselves to respond
appropriately as the occasion requires,
and follow the impulse of our nature
throughout life's course,
building a body of work
by doing the present moment well,
one moment at a time.

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01

Cut and Staked Oil Paint Rendered — Tobacco in the Field, Western North Carolina, ca. 2005
Just do what needs to be done.
Moment by moment.
Situation by situation,
Day by day.

Liberty!
Justice!
Equality!
Truth!
Always need doing,
always need someone doing them,
always languish due to neglect
and violent opposition.

The Four Noble Truths 
of Democracy
are always under attack.
People hate them 
from half-a-world away,
in all directions
at the same time.

If I were God,
I wouldn't know what to do first.
But high on the list
would be requiring everyone
to meditate daily on
Liberty!
Justice!
Equality!
Truth!
And recommit themselves daily
to their service
in a world adverse 
to their cause.

Until my coronation 
as God of the Realm,
I will content myself
with establishing and maintaining
a small oasis of
Liberty!
Justice!
Equality!
Truth!
Tending it daily,
and recommending it highly
to everyone who comes my way.

It needs to be done,
and it needs to be done every day.

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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