September 25, 2021

01

Looking-glass Rock 01 05/29/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
Prosperity is having what we need
to do what needs to be done. 

We think of prosperity 
as having more than we need
so that we do not have to do anything.

We think having it made
is not having to do anything
we don't want to do.

We think "being free"
is being able to go 
wherever our heart takes us.

It is bondage
to our own desires.

What changes more often
that our desires do?

Endlessly wanting is the curse
of wealth and privilege. 

What does wanting know?
How often does wanting want
what it has no business having?

Does wanting know what is right?

Does wanting know what it is time for?

Does wanting know the importance
of doing what needs to be done
whether we want to or not?

What is more important--
wanting what we want
or wanting what we ought to want?

What is more important--
having what we want
or wanting to be free of wanting?

Who has ever been free of wanting?

Why would we want to empty ourselves
of wanting?

Why wouldn't we want to empty ourselves
of wanting?

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02

Hwy 52 and Pilot Mountain 06/20/2012 Oil Paint Rendered, North Carolina
It all is going.
But, what's coming?
Will it be better?
Worse?
More of the same?

How long will this go on?
What are you 
going to do
with the time left for living?
What is worth your time
over the course of what remains of it?

I'm going to probe my interests,
consider my possibilities,
and see what needs to be done
using my skills and abilities--
doing what matters to me,
whether it means anything
to anybody else
or has any impact 
on the cosmos
or not.

This is called
"Doing my work
and stepping back,
letting nature take its course."

What matters to you?

What are you going to do about it?

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03

Light on Grandfather Mountain 12/12/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Price Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The Way is not about thinking. 

The Way is not about believing. 

The Way is not about reason and logic or faith. 

The Way is about experiencing the truth 
of your original nature 
and bringing you forth 
within the context and circumstances 
of your life--
with balance and harmony 
all the way around.

The way to the Way
is the way of sitting still,
being quiet
and paying attention.

If you want guidance and assistance in this,
watch all of the Jon Kabat-Zinn
YouTube videos (The shortest ones first),
and enlist the services
of a same-sex as you Jungian analysist
for five sessions
in learning how to read the signs and clues/cues
coming from your inner self--
the source Carl Jung was talking about
when he said,
"There is in each of us
another
whom we do not know."

You can waste a lot of time in analysis
on a thinking/understanding/conceptual level.
All you need to know
is how to read the signs.

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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