June 30, 2021

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Bethany Church Cemetery 01 12/13/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Clover, South Carolina
Everything works together
to produce who we are--
to bring us forth,
draw us out,
as "one thus come,"
"just so,"
precisely right
and fitting to the occasion,
every occasion,
along The Way.

We only have to believe it is so,
and live in compliance,
cooperation,
alignment with it,
allegiance,
loyalty,
devotion and dedication to it,
for it to be real in our life.

Why wouldn't we?

That is who all the people were
who have gone before us
in service to their life--
not the one they would have 
dreamed of,
but the one that dreamed them
into being,
as it does all of us
who know what's what
and what to do about it,
and do it--
as guardians and guides 
to all who follow their heart
to the place of quiet rest,
sitting in the stillness,
being quiet,
listening to the silence
and trusting themselves to
what arises, 
emerges,
occurs,
calls,
within,
and rising to do what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
how it needs to be done,
in each situation as it arises,
with the gifts/daemon (sounds like "diamond")/
specialties/talents/shtick/interests/virtues/
character/etc.
that are theirs from the womb
for service to the moment
all their life long.

We are a complete package,
born with everything we need
to find what we need 
to do what needs us to do it
throughout our life.

It only takes believing it,
and living as though it is so,
for it to be so,
because it is so.

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Ginkgo Magic 04 Panorama 11/28/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Ballantyne Ginkgo Park, Charlotte, North Carolina
There is that which works,
and there is that which does not work.

In light of what, is the question.

What are we trying to do with our life?

What are we trying to achieve, 
acquire,
accomplish?

What would it mean for us to 
"live successfully"?

In terms of what do we measure "success"?

I want to do the next thing well,
whether or not anyone knows about it.
And I don't want to do anything poorly--
particularly a string of things--
whether or not anyone notices it.

If I am recognized for it, fine.
If I am not, fine.

I want to meet my own standards,
time after time.
And I want to set high standards.

What about you?

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Mud Creek Falls 10/21/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Dillard, Georgia
It's always "right there," 
what we need to find what we need, 
we have to clear the way of 
noise, 
complexity, 
obstruction. 

Seeking/sitting in, 
the silence 
and waiting for what 
it has to offer, 
though they be weird things sometimes, 
not-what-we-are-looking-for-things 
some time 
("NO! Lord, this shall not happen to you!" things).

The things we are surest of 
are the last to go, 
so Meister Eckhart could say, 
all those years ago, 
"The last leave-taking 
is leaving God for God." 

The God-beyond-God is
the hardest God to get to. 
But, our life is equipped to get us there 
if we live long enough. 

"Balance and harmony, Kid. 
Balance and harmony."

"Courage and determination, Kid.
Courage and determination."

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.

2 thoughts on “June 30, 2021

  1. Jim. You/ this is right on time in/for my life. Amen to believing it can & is and will be however it is supposed to be in order for us to become who we are/ who we are meant to be! Whew. One day at a time sometimes five minutes at a time! Peace to/ on you & much love✅

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  2. HI E, It’s always “right there,” what we need to find what we need, we have to clear the way of noise, complexity, obstruction, seeking/sitting in, the silence and what it has to offer, though they be weird things sometimes, not what we are looking for things some time (“NO! Lord, this shall not happen to you!”). The things we are surest of are the last to go, and Meister Eckhart said all those years ago, “The last leave-taking is leaving God for God.” The God-beyond-God is the hardest God to get to. But, our life is equipped to get us there if we live long enough. “Balance and harmony, Kid. Balance and harmony.”

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