October 25, 2021


Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly 04 08/07/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
The Way of the Butterfly
is The Way of us all.

It cannot be spelled out,
mapped out,
(He said, explaining
that it cannot be explained!)
made clear...

Butterflies come out of the chrysalis
knowing how to do what they do.
How to get where they are going.
How to be who they are.

So do we.

No kidding.

All it takes is trusting ourselves
to know what we need to know
about being who we are,
and create the path
as we start walking--
knowing what we know
with no idea of what that is.

"The path that can be discerned
as a path is not a reliable path"
(Martin Palmer).

"The Way that things can be followed
(Literally: 'The Way that can be wayed')
is not a changeless way"
(Benjamin Hoff).

The Way of a butterfly changes a lot!

And so does ours!

And yet, and yet...
The difference is that the butterfly
flits with purpose
and we flit looking for purpose.
We must become more intentional,
more aware.

Our problem is that we are not conscious
of being unconscious,
and must become more conscious
of what we know and don't know,
and of what is waiting to be known,
and begin "listening to the voice within
that tells us where to turn"
(Benjamin Hoff).



Geranium 10/22/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Pike Nursery, Charlotte, North Carolina
We shine through in all that we do.
Our calling is to do so intentionally,
fully cooperating with the Inner "I,"
embracing our transparency
and exhibiting our integrity
in the heat of each situation as it arises.

We do that by not intending anything,
and getting out of the way
of the Inner "I" shinning through--
when we stop trying to "be who we are,"
and allow things to happen as they need to.

No forcing.
No pushing.
No commanding.
No demanding.
Just letting the situation
elicit the necessary responses
as they are called for
by what is happening
as it unfolds before us.

When the dog throws up on the floor,
we shift into action
in ways appropriate to the occasion
without thinking anything out in advance.

Some dog is always throwing up
on some floor--
if you know what I mean--
and how we respond,
makes all the difference.

We trust ourselves to be who we are
and to do what needs to be done,
without thinking that into being
by giving ourselves permission to live
in accordance with what is called for
all our 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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