September 20, 2021


Sailboat Mooring 10/12/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Bath Harbor, Bath Creek, Bath, North Carolina
We have to be empty
even of the desire to be empty.

That is the contradiction
at the heart of life and being.

Live the contradictions!
"If I contradict myself,
then I contradict myself!"
said Walt Whitman in Song of Myself.
Though that isn't the exact quote.

That's another thing,
trying to be exact is the wrong thing
to be/do.

Get the general idea in place
and the details will take 
care of themselves.

The general idea is to be empty,
even of the desire to be empty.
How that works out actually
is a matter of time and chance
happening to us all.

Don't worry about the details,
and dance with the contradictions!
Trying to be too fine,
too perfect,
too "who you are supposed to be,"
is like trying to outsmart fate.

Take the time to do the thing
that needs to be done,
even if it means missing the train
to glory land.

"We make our plans,
collect our pay,
think we are gliding down the highway,
when in fact,
we are slipping away." (Paul Simon)

Be ever sensitive
to what the moment calls for.
Answer the phone.
Do the thing that needs to be done.
Forget your plans.

The moment holds the key
to your future.
To THE future.
Trust yourself to the here and now.
Listen to the moment.

Everything hangs by
the most invisible of threads.
We think one thing
and its another.
So give up thinking.
Empty yourself of your thoughts.

Just be who you are
where you are
when you are
how you are
and see where it goes
from there.

Who does the moment need you to be?
What is the moment asking of you?
Do not allow your plans--
your idea of how things ought to be--
to interfere with what 
needs to be done here and now.

The moment is the portkey
to eternity.

We think we are here for one thing,
and we are here for another.
Who can be so smart?
We think we would be happy
with what we want.
We would be happy
if we wanted something else.
Who can be so smart?

Empty yourself of being smart,
and listen to what is being
asked of you in the here and now
of your living.

Adam and Eve new what they wanted.
The way back to Eden 
is being empty of what we want,
especially getting back to Eden.

Empty is empty.
Be that!
Here and now.
And see what happens.

In each situation as it arises.

If you can find better advice,
take it!

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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