June 02, 2021

01

Big Creek 03 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterville, NC
If you are waiting for things
to make sense,
you are standing in the wrong line.
There isn't a line.
Things do not make sense.

Coming to terms with that
positions you well 
to make it the rest of the way.

Now, you only need to square yourself up
with doing what needs to be done
even if it makes no sense--
doing it anyway,
nevertheless,
even so,
whether it makes any sense or not.

If you can do what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
where it needs to be done,
how it needs to be done,
whether it makes sense or not,
you have exactly what it takes
to make it all the way,
no matter what.

And that is exactly what everyone else needs
as a model of how to do it.

You will be saving the world
simply by doing what needs to be done
for no reason.
Because there often are no reasons.

If anyone asks you why you are doing 
what needs to be done
when it makes no sense
even to try,
tell them you are doing it
for lack of anything better to do,
and stay with it,
go back at it,
at doing what needs you to do it
whether it makes any sense or not.

Do not have to make sense!
Do not have to have things make sense!
Just do what needs to be done
for no reason--
and do it the way it needs to be done,
as though everything depends upon it,
because everything does depend upon it!

It all rides on our doing what needs to be done,
when, where, and how it needs to be done,
for no reason beyond its needing to be done,
moment by moment, 
in each situation as it arises.

This is the key to a life well-lived:
Do you live well anyway, nevertheless, even so?
Or do you live well only 
when it makes sense?

Give it your best all the time!
When it doesn't matter!
When it makes no sense!
When no one cares!
For no reason!
For the lack of anything better to do!

This is also to say,
do what your little heart loves to do
for no reason!

Do your thing
for no reason!

Do what you love to do
for no reason!

Serve your gifts,
your specialties,
your talents,
your virtues,
your daemon (sounds like "diamond"),
your shtick,
what you are here to do,
for no reason! 

And don't have to have things make sense!
Be good for nothing!
Do all that you do for nothing!
And do it like you mean it!
Do it like it matters!
Whether it matters or not!

It matters!

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02

Sumac 02 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
"Live Like It Matters!"

Should be a bumper sticker.
And a tee-shirt slogan.
And what we all do around the clock,
in season and out of season,
for no reason,
especially when it makes no sense.

Do not have to make sense!
Live like it matters
anyway,
nevertheless,
even so!

Be different that way!
All the time!

"Live Like You Mean It!"

That's another one.
Bumper sticker.
Tee-shirt slogan.
What we do around the clock,
in season and out of season,
for no reason,
especially when it makes no sense.

What does "making sense" have to do with
what we do and why we do it?
Why does it have to make sense?
What's the reason we have to have a reason?
Who says so?
How do they know?
Tell them they need to start
doing what needs to be done 
for no reason!
And get back to living like you mean it
for no reason!

Look around and you can't help wondering,
"Why try?"
"Who cares?"
"What difference does it make?"
"What good will it do?"
"What's the point?"

And concluding,
"It's all useless,
hopeless,
pointless,
meaningless,
futile
and absurd--
and coming to a very bad end
(We all are going to die!)!
So why try?"

The answer to that, of course, is
"For the lack of anything better to do!"

Which is to say,
"Who cares if nobody cares?"
"What difference does it make
if nothing makes a difference?"
"What good does it do to insist
that everything be good for something?"
"What's the point 
of having to have a point
to everything we do?"
(A corollary to that one is
"What's the point of ice cream?")
("Or baseball?")

And, 
"So what if it is all useless
hopeless,
pointless,
meaningless,
futile and absurd,
and coming to a very bad end?

"Why should what I do 
and how I do it 
depend upon any of that?

"Now, excuse me,
I have work to do!"

And get back to doing what needs to be done
when, where and how it needs to be done
because it needs to be done
no matter what!


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03

Big Bay Creed Panorama Oil Paint Rendered — Edisto Island, South Carolina
Our life is faith-based
in that we live grounded on things
we take on faith,
without being able to prove,
verify,
explain,
justify,
define,
validate, etc.
And these things always remain
a matter of faith,
and never become facts,
never pretend to be facts.

Not so with the things all religions
take on faith.
No sooner does religion
take something on faith
than it becomes instataneously
an absolute fact,
beyond question,
and necessary for the eternal salvation
of the entire cosmos.

Wait, wait...
faith is faith
and facts are facts,
and faith doesn't make anything factual.

I take it on faith
that it matters how we live,
but that will never be a fact,
although it can be substantiated
in a number of ways.
How we all ought to live
will never be a dogma upon which
eternity depends.

I take it on faith 
that doing what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
where it needs to be done,
how it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
moment by moment
in each situation as it arises
is all that needs to be done
to live balanced and harmoniously in tune
with ourselves 
and the context and circumstances of our life.

That will never be a fact
that anyone could go to hell
for not embracing,
though they might all create hell on earth
by refusing to honor it with their life.

Religion with its false claims to facts
that are not factual--
and cannot be factual--
adds unnecessary complexity
to our existence
and encumbers us with rules
and conditions that have no basis
in reality,
distracting us from the necessary work
of seeing what's what,
and what needs to be done in response,
squaring ourselves up to life as it is
and stepping forward to meet it
with the gifts,
talents,
virtues,
characteristics,
specialties,
shtick,
daemon (Sounds like "diamond"),
and our original nature--
all of which came with us
from the womb
(Think Original Nature!
Not Original Sin!),
in doing what needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
where it needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
in every moment
throughout our life.

No one can do more than that,
and everyone needs to be doing it
for the sake of themselves
and of all the cosmos
(Which is not factual statement,
but a faith-based one).

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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