April 23, 2021


Beach Erosion Panorama 07 12/06 2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
There is what happens
and there is how we respond to what happens.

Between now and what's next
stands the swing point,
the axis mundi,

The future rides on how we handle the present.

Everybody likes to think they don't mean anything.
They mean everything.

Each one of us is responsible for what's next
in our world.
We shift the future into place
by the way we respond to the present
in each situation as it arises.

We have to stop flipping off our place in time!
We are the crux of the matter!
Our life has placed us here, now.
What we do here, now
moves us and those with us 
into there, then.

How alert are you to the Power of You?
How alive to your place in the moment are you?
How attuned to what is happening
and what needs to happen in response?
How aware of what is called for?
How unaffected by what you want and don't want?
How free to be who you need to be
in each moment in every situation?

What do you think about
that keeps you from thinking about
what you need to be thinking about?

How do you interfere with your response-ability?
Your balance and harmony?
Your presence and influence?

What do you mean 
by allowing yourself
to be battered around 
by your circumstances
like a pinball,
from one catastrophe
to the next?

You have two feet!
Stand on them!
Open your eyes!
See what you look at!
Hear what is being said!
Know what is going on
and what needs to be done about it,
and how you can step up, step in,
and help out
with the gifts/perspective/virtues/talents/
(sounds like "diamond")/spirit/shtick
that are yours from birth!
And summon the courage to do it!
For the good of the situation,
in all situations that come your way,
for the rest of time!

Why hold anything back? 



Miss Lily Panorama BW 12/07/2014 — Gay Shrimp/Fish Company Dock, Johnson Creek, St. Helena Island, South Carolina
The silence has all the answers.
The silence knows.
Listen to the silence.

The silence is the opening 
to metaphysical reality.
There is nothing to believe.
There is no doctrine or dogma.
No theology.
No multilevel sequence of heavens and hells.
There is the silence 
encompassing all that is to be experienced
on the other side
of normal,

All questions about the silence
are irrelevant and unanswerable.

Sit still.
Be quiet.
Wait for "the mud to settle
and the water to clear."
See/hear what arises in the silence.
What emerges.
What beckons.
What calls.
What occurs to you
as realization,

And how you respond to it
on the level of your heart,

Listening to the silence
and listening to your body
are the two-pronged path
to communion with the silence.

From there,
everything that follows
is up to you.

What you do about 
what you experience
in the silence
is your call to make.

"The bird is in your hands."



Maritime Woods 11/01/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Springer’s Point, Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore
We live best from a position of
balance, harmony, stability--
which flows from and leads to
living in accord with the Tao,
the balanced center of Yin and Yang
throughout time and space
(The eternal here and now).

We live for pleasure and gain--
whether that serves
our balance, harmony and stability
or not.

It is better to live for
balance, harmony and stability
whether that serves
our pleasure and gain or not.

Live toward being a human gyroscope,
living out of its own center
toward the true expression of itself
in the service of what is called for
as it is said of Jesus
that "he came not to be served,
but to serve and give his life
to set others free."

Free from seeking their own
pleasure and gain,
and free for balance, harmony and stability
in the service of what is called for

Balance, harmony and stability--
allow us to be free from service 
to pleasure and gain,
and free for service to what is called for

Living like this "turns the light around,"
puts us in accord with the Tao,
and opens the way for spirit and vitality,
rhythm and grace, 
to come to life in us,
and who knows where that will lead?

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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