September 23, 2021


Cypress Phantasy — Reelfoot Lake 14 11/04/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tiptonville, Tenessee
Having expectations,
having desires,
having resentments,
having fears,
having anger,
having duties and responsibilities
keep us from being alive.

Being alive is
being being balanced
and in harmony
with ourselves,
our life,
and one another,
living with sincerity
and integrity,
having energy,
and vitality,
and acting in the service
of what needs to be done
in doing it
with the gifts, shtick, daemon,
interests, abilities, etc.
(that come with us from the womb
and constitute our original nature)
at the right time,
in the right way,
in each situation as it arises
all our life long--
the way emergency room personnel
meet everything that come through
their door every day.

With no expectations,
no desires,
no resentments
no fear
no anger
and serving only the duties
and responsibilities
of being who they are,
where they are,
when they are,
how they are,
in responding appropriately 
to what's what
in each situation
as it arises
all their life long.

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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