November 07, 2021

01

Peacock 04 04/20/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina
"No Agenda! No Opinion!"
is the sine qua non for all 
gurus, sages and desert saints--
with the understanding
that "no agenda" means
"The only agenda is to have no agenda,"
and "no opinion" means
"The Guiding Opinion is that
having no opinions is necessary
in maintaining balance and harmony."

Having nothing at stake 
in any outcome
frees us to see what is needed
in each situation as it arises,
and to serve that above any
special interests that we may have.

Nonpartisan, objective, distant,
disinterested, unbiased and 
free from investment of any kind
in what is happening here and now
allows us to see and do
what is called for
in rising to any occasion
and offering what is right
for the moment
all along the way,
spontaneously, naturally, automatically,
like a stream running downhill,
finding the proper course
around, over, under or through
whatever it encounters.

Balance and harmony require
just enough caring to be present
and involved,
but not enough to be hooked,
hijacked, and overwhelmed.

Too much noise and complexity
quickly becomes
nothing but noise and complexity,
and the emotional distance necessary
for perspective and perception
disappears entirely from
our lived experience.

"No Agenda! No Opinion!"
is a way of restoring
our place in our life,
and positioning us to 
live in ways that honor
the moment with attentive
presence and the right amount
of participation in the service
of the good,
here and now.

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02

Cheraw State Park 02 04/08/2014 Oil Paint Rendered BW — Cheraw, South Carolina
"Grace" is chance with a positive spin.
"Fate" is chance with a negative spin.
We spin things every time we ascribe
meaning to them.

What something "means"
is what we say it means.

What we say anything means
determines what we do about it,
how we respond to it.

We change the way something
impacts us 
simply by changing our mind about it,
by "seeing" in in a different way.

Interpretation of reality IS reality.
Interpreting things differently
alters everything.

Changing our way of talking
about something
changes the way we see it,
changes the way we interpret it,
changes our relationship to it,
transforms our life.

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03

Graham Cabin 02 02/12/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Our original nature
has to be squared up 
with our circumstances
in each situation
as it arises.

When we fail to do that,
we incur resistance 
in the form of symptoms
every time.

We are always dismissing
our original nature
as a minor detail
on our way through our life,
and that is the failure
that leads to the clashing rocks
and the heaving waves,
dead ends,
lost hope
and the unending landscape
of the wasteland
on every side.

Nothing changes 
until we change our relationship
with our original nature,
and live aligned with its
unique configuration
through all of the days
of our life.

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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