October 20, 2021

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Graham Cabin 05 02-11-2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
We rise and meet the day,
every day. 
And do there what needs to be done.
When it needs to be done.
Where it needs to be done.
How it needs to be done.
Because it needs to be done.

Each day has its own rhythms,
and occasions,
and times.
Its own movement,
and motion,
and actions
that are called for
by the day.

Being aligned with the day,
in sync with the day,
attuned to the day,
is a large part
of our balance and harmony
throughout the day.

If we are not one-with-the-day,
we are out of sorts with our life,
and things do not go smoothly
or flow well.

Belonging to the day,
and doing what the day requires,
is quite different from
seizing the day
and willing what happens,
when, where and how.

You know how you feel
at the end of a day 
you have forced into an agenda
in the service of a program
that is imposed on you 
by Those Who Know Best And Must Be Pleased.

And you know how you feel 
on a weekend that has its own pace
and direction,
with no schedule
and no set time for anything to happen.

We are built for days like that.
"Island time" allows things to happen
when they happen,
and to not happen if they don't happen.
Maybe the plumber comes on the island,
and maybe he goes fishing.
If he goes fishing,
maybe he will come tomorrow.

Work more Island Time into your weeks
and into portions of your days.
Your soul will like that,
and your body will benefit greatly.

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Catalooche Farmstead 02 03/02/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Catalooche District, Cherokee, North Carolina
Our original nature 
guides our boat
on its path through the sea.

We work to balance and harmonize
our original nature
with the context and circumstances
of our life
in each situation as it arises--
always guided by who we are
and how that has to be negotiated
with the forces at work in our life.

Our context and circumstances
are here to grow us up.
Against our will.

Our original nature
grounds us,
centers us,
in the work to remain 
true to ourselves
within the time and place
of our living.

To be too much who we are
is to remain immature
and undeveloped forever.

To be not enough who we are
is to be separated from ourselves
by the world in which we live
and lost to wander the wasteland forever.

It is our place,
our responsibility,
to strike a happy balance
by harmonizing ourselves 
with our life.

We have to be true to ourselves
and true to our station/place in life.

This is the relationship between
the Original Mask (The mask the culture
requires us to wear)
and the Antithetical Mask (The mask
our original nature requires us to wear)--
Y.B. Yeats' terms for the work
that is ours to do
in getting back to 
"the face that was ours before we were born."

We live in the service of balance and harmony,
and do our best to make it work,
living at the center of the bell-shaped curve.

How are you doing with that?

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Fall Woods 01 10-29-2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Our reason/motive/purpose/intention/goal/etc.
for living
has to be revised/transformed/corrected/altered/etc.
in light of A: How well/poorly it is working,
and B: What is going to happen if we don't.

Simply stated: We can't keep this up.

Look around.

This is what living in the service
of the good we call good is good for.

We keep thinking if we try harder
we will have a different outcome.

Working harder in pursuit of the wrong ends
is going to produce exactly 
what we have been producing:
An ever increasing standard of living
and lives that aren't worth living.

We have developed the means
to get us where no one has any business being.

The best the wealthiest among us 
have to show for their life
are fleets of yachts 
and private jets
and a ride to the edge of space.
They have nothing better 
to do with their money. 

Time to re-think what we are doing
and why we are doing it.

We have to find our way
back to "the face that was ours
before we were born,"
and live in ways which
express/exhibit/bring forth/serve/
reveal/make manifest/etc.
our original nature.

Who are we?
What are we to be about?
What is ours to do
with the time that is our
upon the earth?


We have to bring Mythos 
back into the conversation with Logos,
and integrate instinct/intuition/imagination
with logic/reason/intellect/analytics.

And see where we go with that!

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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