July 05, 2021


Hebron Falls 08/08/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Boone Fork, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
There is balance and harmony.
There is resistance and assistance.
There is what we do to pay the bills,
and there is what we pay the bills to do.

Three pairs of choices.

How we work out the ratios among the three
tells the tale.

The tale is the one we are spinning
with our decisions and actions
throughout our life.

Our life is our art.
The three pairs of choices
are our tools.

Balance and harmony are our guides.
We know how we are doing
by keeping an eye on our balance and harmony.

Resistance and assistance
are where we make the adjustments
to get balance and harmony in sync and accord.

What we do to pay the bills
and what we pay the bills to do
is the biggie.

We have to make enough money to pay the bills
and what we pay the bills to do
reveals whether or not we are running up
the right bills.

Running up the right bills
reflects assistance, balance and harmony.

Running up the wrong bills
reflects discord, chaos, death spirals,
flame outs and free falling.

Right and wrong in terms of what?
Assistance/resistance in terms of what?
Balance and harmony in the service of what?

Our life and what we do with it.

It all hinges on being right
about what we do with our life.

Sin is being wrong about
what is important.
Repentance is changing our mind about
what is important--
as many times as it takes
to get it right.
We know when it is right
when balance and harmony
are in sync and accord.

Other indicators of it being right
are spirit, energy and vitality.
A regular reading of our
spirit, energy and vitality levels
is a clear picture of how well
we are living our life.

We have to be able to read the signs.
Balance, harmony,
spirit, energy, life.

They let us know when we are
on the beam
and when we are off it.
When we are aligned with The Way
and when we are wandering through the Wasteland.

The clashing rocks
and the heaving waves
of the wine dark sea
are also hints that we may
need to consider making some adjustments
in what we are doing
and how we are going about doing it.

The fundamental adjustment
is making changes in our relationship
with ourselves, our life and other people.
We have to quit doing what we are doing
and start doing something else instead.

Time will tell.
Sit with The Silence.
Take up the practice of mindful awareness
(The Jon Kabat-Zinn YouTube videos--
shortest ones first--are great guides here).
Listen to your heart,
your body,
your nighttime dreams
your daytime hunches, nudges, 
realizations, inspirations...

Our work is to find our life and live it.
To know what works and what doesn't work.
To know what needs to be done and do it.
To stay on the beam
and to keep to The Way.

And we have all that we need 
to find what we need
to do it all.

We only have to start paying attention
to what's what
and let that be our guide along The Way.

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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