November 15, 2021

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Lake Haigler Trail 01 11-11/14/2021 Oil Paint Render4ed –Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
We have to be living in the service
of the right ends.
Making More Money isn't it.

Bringing our original nature 
to life in our life is it.

How would we do that?
A. What is our original nature?
("What is the face that was ours
before our grandparents were born?")

B. How can we live to express/
exhibit/explore/align ourselves with
who we are born to be
within the limitations and restrictions
of the context and circumstances,
the here and now,
of our life just as it is?

Answer those two questions correctly,
and we have it made.

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02

Patricia Lake and Pyramid Mountain 09/27/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Jasper National Park, Alberta
What do you need to hear
at this point in your life?
To realize?
To know?
To do?

What are you waiting for?
What is waiting for you?
Upon what does your future depend?
What would it take
for you to know "That's IT!"?

Going in search of your destiny
isn't as smart
as making yourself available
and allowing your destiny to find you.

How would you make yourself available?
A. Empty yourself of all expectations
and requirements
regarding what an acceptable destiny would be.
B. Open yourself fully to the experience
of your experience.
C. Become self-transparent
so that you are hiding nothing from yourself,
without judgement or opinion,
as one who is just who you are,
waiting for a destiny
that needs what you have to offer,
with no demands or requirements
regarding what that has to be--
a door open to what is seeking
what you can bring to life in the world,
curious about,
and wondering what that might be.

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03

Green Heron 05/10/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Cypress Wetlands Rookery, Port Royal, South Carolina
Knowing what you need to know
hinges upon knowing what you need to know.
Can you make sense out of that?
Do you have what it takes 
to sit with it
until the light comes on?

What do you need to know?

How specific/precise can you be?

The clearer the question,
the better the answer.

The exact question
answers itself.

If you want to know 
what you need to know,
know what you need to know.

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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