September 21, 2021


Lake Chicot 10/27/2015 Oil Paint Rendered –Lake Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, Louisiana
To know what it is time for--
and not for--
is true knowing.

One time is not as good as another.

What is it time for here and now?

What is it not time for?

Teachers cannot teach us these things.
Books are of no help.
Videos and movies are useless.
Lectures and sermons, even worse.

The things we need to know
come from the heart
and from life experience.

Listen to the silence
in the midst of loud noise.
Know what you know
beyond being able to say
what you know,
or explain how you know it.

Knowing what is called for
is knowing what it is time for.
Knowing what is not called for
is knowing what it is not time for.

Be still.
Be empty.
Just listen.
Just look.
Just know.

The right action arises of itself,
without motive or intent.
Just knowing.
Just doing.
Seeing and hearing
what needs to be done,
and doing it.

Dancing with life
is a ballet with time and place.
Feeling the music
and moving with the flow
of the here and now.



Moonrise at The Mittens 09/23/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
Receive what the moment brings you
as the miracle it is
when you treat it as such,
seeing it as the very thing
you have been looking for,
waiting on,
even as you wonder
how best to bring forth its blessings
in the time and place of your living.

We do not think our way to the insight
that transforms our life.
We allow the answers to arise within
of themselves
in response to the experience of time and place.

The flow is dynamic.
The way is rhythm and movement,
balance and harmony.

Rigidity of expectation and stipulation
has to give way to intuition
and ingenuity
birthing what is needed in the moment 
it is needed,
in response to what is offered
and called for--
as the song sings the singer
and the dance dances the dancer
and the painting paints the painter...

Take what comes
and see what you can do with it,
which includes separating what is useful
from what is not
and leaving what is not behind.

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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