March 26, 2021


The Tree Down the Road Oil Paint Rendered — Ornamental Cherry, Indian Land, South Carolina
The Tree Down the Road No Filter Applied — Ornamental Cherry, Indian Land, South Carolina
Think of each of us
as not one but two.

There is the visible Ego-I,
and there is the invisible Other-I
to each of us.
And it is the place
of the visible Ego-I
to acknowledge,
and enter into a life-long
conscious and collaborative relationship
with the invisible Other-I--
for the good of the whole.

The good of the whole understood
in a corporate way.
The good of the whole whole,
of one another and all others
and the entire cosmos.

Each of us is a part of 
"the web of life."
We are life becoming "real,"
capable of being seen,
and measured.

We are life becoming alive
for the sake of being alive--
for the sake of the experience
of being alive.

We are life being life
in all the ways life can be life.
Just for the hell of it.
The wonder of it.
The amazing, fascinating, thrill of it.

And, as life being conscious of itself,
we are uniquely positioned 
to be a partner with life
becoming life
by being conscious of life becoming life
in and through us,
and participating in the process
for the good of the process
and the good of the whole.

We do that by walking two paths 
at the same time.
And being two "people" at once.
To do so is to engage fully
in the experience
of the adventure of being alive.

That's what we are here for.
Why not open ourselves fully
to the wonder of the Wonder
by getting to know our Other side,
and seeing what we can do together
while we still have the time?



Lake Chicot 02 03/22/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, Louisiana
I am assuming that Jesus was "of one mind" with God,
probably more often than not.
I take this to be what he meant 
when he said, "The Father and I are one."
And by "God" I mean "That Which Has Always Been Called "God."

That which has always been called "God,"
has also always been called "Tao,"
and about 10,000 other things--
"Flow," for example.

It is the guiding, directing, confirming,
comforting, etc. reality
at the heart, core, center, ground, foundation, source
of our experience of the experience of being alive.

It is the movement of life
"in which we live and move and have our being."

We all have had moments in which we were One
with the way things ought to be/needed to be
in the time and place of our living,
and things "clicked"
and "fell into place,"
and everything was "just right,"
for a time,
and then the flow was disrupted,
and things "fell apart"
and we had to find our way "back to the center,"
back to "balance and harmony,"
back and forth,
back and forth,
more or less,
throughout our life
and here we are.

We, too, have been "one with the Father,"
"one with That Which Has Always Been Called "God."
That is where we belong,
and it is only a matter 
of laying aside our ideas 
of how things ought to be,
and opening ourselves 
to the way things need to be--
doing what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
where it needs to be done,
in each situation as it arises,
all our life long.

But we want what we want,
and we want our way most of all
all of the time.
So, we stand between us and "God,"
and only have to get out of the way
in order to be "one with the Father/Tao/Flow/etc."

We are of "two minds" (At least two)
too much of the time.
And our work is to realize that,
and step aside
in order to align ourselves
with our "Other Self,"
and live in accord with "the Tao,"
with liege loyalty
and filial devotion
"all our life long."

It is never more difficult than that.
And that is always a possibility
in every moment
of every situation
that comes along.



Black-capped Chickadee 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Scenes From My Hammock, Indian Land, South Carolina
There is where we belong,
and where we have no business being.

There is what we need to do,
and what we have no business doing.

There is how we need to live,
and how we have no business living...

Our place is to know what our business is
and what our business is not,
and tend our own business,
and have nothing to do
with that which is none of our business.

We have to know where to draw the line,
and draw it--
every time and place it needs to be drawn.

That is all there is to it.

I say that a lot
because it needs to be said a lot.
It is not so difficult,
being who we need to be.
It is never more difficult
than knowing and doing 
what is ours to do,
in each situation as it arises.
All our life long.

What is hard about that?
What is keeping us from doing it?

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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