October 03, 2021

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Schoodic Wave 10/02/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park, Maine
Resonance leads the way.

Reason, logic, thinking, planning, scheming...
not so much.

Wanting?
Not at all.
We can want what 
we have no business having.

How do we know?
We don't know how we know!
Knowing WHAT we know
is all we need to know!

Sit still.

Be quiet.

Pay attention—-

to what arises in the silence
that resonates with you, 
winks at you,
catches your eye,
calls your name.

Look closer there.

See where it goes.

The way to approach 
each situation as it arises
forever.

It is also the way 
to deal with your conflicts
and contradictions.
Your fear and uncertainty.
Your compulsions,
obsessions,
and "issues"...

Take them all with you into the silence.

Sit still.

Be quiet...

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02

Roan Mountain Sunrise Panorama 06/26/2006 Detail 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Tennessee
We carry our future with us
into each situation
as it arises.

What we do here and now
determines,
or strongly influences,
what happens next,
and the buildup over time
creates momentum and likelihood,
produces karma,
guiding us increasingly
toward inevitability
and "Duh!"

Which is to say
that we need to be
increasingly open 
to what is called for,
and unlikely to impose
our usual way of dealing
with similar situations
on the present situation.

Step out of your routine!
Listen anew in each moment
to what the moment is asking of you,
offering to you!
Be alert to the possibilities,
especially to the nudges,
hunches,
inclinations
and invitations
that are part of the background,
largely ignored,
but crucially important
to the rhythm
and movement
throughout each day.

Each moment opens to a different future,
depending on how much of that moment
is "of the past,"
and how much is "of the future,"
and which we assist,
and which we resist.

We are responsible for the attitude
which shapes our world.

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03

Price Lake Dusk 05/29/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Cooperating with what needs to happen
in each situation as it arises
transforms everything. 

Knowing what needs to happen
in any/every situation,
and assisting it 
by doing what is ours to do,
when it needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
and stepping back,
allowing things to fall into place
as they will
around that,
is the way of balance and harmony,
sincerity and integrity,
spirit, energy and vitality,
and the solid foundation
of a life well-lived.

If you want more than that,
Adam and Eve and their ilk,
might have some advice to offer.

Be that as it may.

It comes down to this:

Throw away all of the theology,
all of the doctrines,
all of the dogma,
all of the answers 
to all of the catechisms ever,
all of the rituals,
sacred and profane,
and settle on
being right about what needs to be done
here and now,
in each here and now there is,
in each situation as it arises,
and do it,
when it needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
for the simple joy of doing it,
and the satisfaction of having done it,
throughout what remains
of the time left for living.

And let that be enough,
because it is.

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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