March 18, 2021

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Englehard Mooring 04 10/30/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Englehard, North Carolina, Outer Banks
Regardless of the concern,
dilemma,
problem,
question,
uncertainty...
sit with it quietly,
waiting,
watching,
to see what arises,
emerges,
beckons,
calls,
occurs,
dawns,
summons,
demands,
insists,
requires...
out of the silence.

What you do with it
is entirely up to you.

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03

Clouds at Death Valley 01 03/11/2007 Oil Painting Rendered, Death Valley National Park, California
Do not look beyond the moment.
Live to be what the moment needs you to be.
Do this moment right.
Do this moment better
than Jesus could do this moment.

What is happening?
What is being called for?
How can you be of help?

Live this moment as though
this is the moment you were born for.
This moment is why you are here!
Listen to the moment.
See the moment.
This is your moment.
Your time to shine.
Nail it!
Knock it out of the park!
Do the moment exactly 
as it needs to be done!

Moment-after-moment.
Situation-by-situation.
Day-by-day.

That.
Is.
All.
There.
Is.
To.
It.

Ever.

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02

Carolina Thread Trail Panorama 25 11/202016 Oil Paint Rendered, York County, North Carolina
Beauty in art, music and nature
has always been restorative,
grounding and centering--
enabling us to recover
our balance and harmony,
reorienting and renewing us
for the work
of being who we are,
where we are,
when we are,
how we are
within the conditions and circumstances
of this here and this now,
seeing, hearing, understanding, knowing
what's what,
what's happening
and what needs to be done in response,
and doing it
with the gifts, genius, daemon, virtues, 
character, perspective, talents, and nature
that came with us from the womb
and are ours to offer
each situation as it arises
throughout our life--
enabling us to pick ourselves up
and get back in the game
as servants of Justice, Equality,
Liberty, Truth, Compassion and Peace,
integrating opposites
and bearing the tension of contradiction
and polarity 
in honoring Yin and Yang
in accord with the Tao
and the Mystery at the heart 
of life and being
for the pure wonder of the entire experience
and the joy of the radiance
at play through it all.

Mind how you go,
and do not go far away from beauty
in art, music and nature,
at any point along the way.

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01

Goldfinch 2016 06 Oil Paint Rendered — Scenes From My Hammock, Indian Land, South Carolina
We have to make our peace with life--
with our life--
with our lot in life--
with who we are,
what we are,
where we are,
when we are,
how we are,
and why this and not something else instead.

In an ongoing, recurring, everlasting, 
never ending, way.

It is always,
"Now this--what?"
"Now that--what?"

We need a working philosophy
that grounds us,
and steadies us,
and readies us
to do the work of balance
and harmony,
adjustment,
acquiescence,
accommodation
through all of the stages
of our life.

Letting come what's coming
and letting go what's going,
all along the way.

Living for what?
Living to do what?
Living to be what?
In each stage of life.

What's worth having?
What's worth doing?
What's worth being?
What's worth our time and attention?
Who is to say?
How do we know?

What keeps us going?
What do we enjoy?
What do we love?
What is our shtick?
What revives us?
Enlivens us?
Restores us?
Renews us?

What do we do well?
What do we look forward to?

Where do ambition,
achievement,
accomplishment,
acquisition,
accumulation,
aspiration,
incentive,
motivation
fit in?

Are they distractions?
Diversions?
Noise?
Static?

What is clutter?
What is the heart of the matter?
What matters most?
What is a waste of time?

What questions are worth asking?
Who is/would be worth talking to?

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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