November 18, 2021


Beech Woods 02 11-10-2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Effortless action is action that arises
in the moment of its doing
and flows spontaneously from us
to the situation calling for it
to be done,
at the time it is called for,
in the way it is called for.

It happens frequently 
through those who are attuned
to their circumstances
and are living without agenda
or opinion,
with nothing to gain or lose,
free to do or to do not
according to the need of the moment.

Being empty of motive,
fear, anger, desire or duty,
frees us to be present
and able to move with the circumstanes
as they develop
toward the response they require,
without thinking,
or planning--
like dancers who dance
without imposing their will
on their movement,
and move without intention
beyond intending to disappear
into the music
and stay out of the way
until the music is done with them
and what they bring to the moment.
And wait for the next moment
for the dance to go on.


Maple Panorama 11/02/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
The freedom to be what is needed
in each moment that arises
in every situation that develops
is the freest freedom there is.

And it is all that is asked of any of us.


That is the freedom that sets us free
from expectation,
and desire,
and invites us to dance
with the music
of the time and place
of our living.

We are not free
until we are free
to live like 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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