August 26, 2021


Sunrise at Mesa Arch 02 05/11/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
Find the flow of your life,
sense the movement--
or the blockage--
and become curious
about the state of flow
here and now.

Courage assists flow,
fear resists it.
Anger throttles it.
Compassion creates options
and possibilities.

Receiving the moment
with compassion
opens us to the possibilities
of flow inherent 
in each situation
as it arises.

What is trying to move?
What is keeping that from happening?
Where is growth taking place?
What is saying "Yes"?
What is saying "No"?
What needs to happen?
What is discouraging the flow
from here to there?
What is encouraging flow?
Preventing movement?
Maintaining the status quo?

Does your sense of your own
drift and flow
mesh with the drift and flow
of the situation?

Is there conflict?
Are you and the situation
flowing in different directions?
Not flowing at all?

Are you a threat to the situation?
Is the situation a threat to you?

Consider the nature of the flow
within and around you.
Where is the movement?
What are the questions?
What is blocking the flow of life?

Watch what happens
and what happens in response.
Does that interchange feel like flow
or resistance to flow?
Like things are happening
or like nothing is happening?

What does that mean to/for you?
What needs to happen 
for the flow to resume?



Lake Chicot Panorama 03 03/22/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, Louisiana
Nothing blocks the flow of life and being
like My Way Now!

My Way Now! is the end of the world.
Any world.
Every world.

Living in accord with The Way
is living out of accord with My Way Now!

This is what is at stake in
"Thy will, not mine, be done!"

Christians blow that to hell
by turning it into
"If it be thy will,
can I have a pink Cadillac? Now?"

Having My Way Now, or Ever,
is out of the question for those
intent on aligning themselves
with The Way beyond their way.

We are not in it
for what we can get out of it.
And that means not getting 
anything out of The Way
beyond being one with The Way,
and experiencing the wonder
and the bliss
of the everlasting nature
of that moment
in each situation as it arises,
knowing oneness with The Way
is all there is--
as in:
"It's the pirate's life for me, Gibbs.
I have no say in the matter.

Having no say in the matter
is what being in accord with The Way
comes down to.

We are here to say and to do
what needs to be said and done,
and we do not get to say what that is,
but to recognize what it is
and comply with it
in each situation as it arises.

Living to impose My Will Now
upon every situation that arises
is not the way to The Way.



Goodale State Park 03 11/01/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Camden, South Carolina
I have to photograph
what catches my eye.
I have to write
what needs to be written.
I have no say in the matter.

What do you have to do
for no other reason 
than because you have to do it?
There you are.
Do that.

And you become/express/exhibit/serve
who you are
and what is yours to do
by doing it.

It is as simple as that.
And that is all there is to it.



Lake McDonald 09/21/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Montana
This is as close as I got to the sun in 10 days of searching for scenes, and about as much of the mountains as I saw. The woman at the dinner register said, "Honey, if it isn't raining, it's burning (referring to the forest fires that were frequent occurrences). Between the two, I'll take the rain. And did.

We take what's there
and see what we can do with it.

We could do more with better options,
but the choices we get
are the choices that are there.
What will it be?
It is ours to say.
Our whole life long.

We wake up and choose
from among our choices
and that's our life.
How well we do it
tells the tale.

It helps to not take it seriously,
to have nothing at stake in it,
to be able to dance with what the day brings,
and let it go,
and let that be that,
because tomorrow is coming,
and today's troubles
can't be infringing 
on tomorrow's possibilities,
or the trends and tendencies
stack up and become a log jam,
impeding the day's flow
day after day
until there is no movement at all,
only the same old same old
for as long as life lasts.

We have to start fresh each day,
with no carry-over to speak of,
and only here and now to consider,
without past or future crowding out
the present
which is always the only time
available to us
to work our magic
and express our gifts/daemon/shtick/specialties/self
in the time and place of our living,
no matter what.

Attitude transforms circumstance
and makes the most of each moment
by discovering doors where there are no doors,
and seeing the path where there is no path,
and finding the light where there is only darkness,
like Helen Keller and Stephen Hawking
and the kids with Down Syndrome.



Little Pigeon River 06 11/05/2016 Oil Paint Rendered — Chimney’s Picnic Area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
It all comes down to doing 
what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises--
without opinion,
condemnation or ridicule.

If it needs to be done, do it!
That is all there is to it!

Not what we say needs to be done,
but what we see needs to be done.
And we have to be right about it.

And being right about it
is not difficult.
We only have to do what we 
sincerely think needs to be done,
and the outcome will guide us
toward adjusting and altering our response
until we get it right.

What needs to be done is not a matter of opinion
or point of view.
The situation is autonomous and independent
of all judgment, perspective and preference.

What is right is right in each particular
time and place,
in each situation as it arises,
dependent upon the circumstances at hand,
and unfettered by what was called for
in the last situation,
or may be called for in the next situation.

This is what Jesus understood
when he said,
"The spirit is like the wind
that blows where it will,
unbound by tradition,
convention or expectation,
convenience or mood or desire."

Just see what needs to be done and do it.
In each situation as it arises.
Your entire life long.

No one can do better than that.
Not nobody.
Not nohow.


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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