September 17, 2021


Sunrise at Schwabacher Landing 02 06/25/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming
Light acts like a particle 
and acts like a wave,
depending on what the occasion requires.

Light is a contradiction in terms.

So are you.
So am I.
So is life.
So is the cosmos.
So is truth...

It is Yin and Yang all the way down!

This means we are free to be
exactly what the situation calls for
moment by moment
in each situation as it arises.

We are not bound by anything,
bound to be anything--
certainly not freedom!

Nobody HAS to be free!
Everybody has be what it takes
to do what the situation requires,
and that means not being free
to do what we want mostly ever.
It means we are free to do
what we don't want 
all of the time.

Jesus died on a cross
because he was damned if he did
and damned if he didn't
(How free is that, to those of you
who won't be vaccinated
even though the situation demands it?).

And that's how it is 
more often than not,
and the only way out of the dilemma
is to be damned and be done with it,
just like Jesus did,
by dying the death that must be died,
even though all of our dying is usually 
more metaphorical--
but just as real--
than the way Jesus died,
which only means that we have to die
again and again over the course of our life,
as one situation after another
calls for it,
and we rise to the occasion again,
and die again,
only to rise again...

Contradiction lives at the heart of life
and being,
and at the heart of light,
which is neither life nor being,
which means it's everywhere,
all of the time.

So, make friends with it,
and bear it well!
Doing what needs to be done
when it needs to be done,
where it needs to be done,
the way in needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
no matter what,
for the joy of doing it,
and the satisfaction of having done it,
with nothing more than that in it for us,
situation by situation,
all our life long.

Get that down and you have it made,
all the way to the end of the line.



Stone Mountain 06/23/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — North Carolina from the Blue Ridge Parkway
Something is called for
in every situation.
See what needs to be done
and assist it into being.

The only trick is being right
about what needs to be done
and when and how to do it.

And life is nothing more than practice
in the art of seeing and doing
what needs to be done,
here and now.
In every here and now there is.

Without judgment
or opinion.

Just seeing,
just doing.
Moment by moment.

Doing our work
and stepping back.
Letting nature take its course.
Moment by moment.

With nothing at stake
in any of it.
With nothing to gain
and nothing to lose.

Just seeing.
Just doing.

Here and now.

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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