November 27, 2021

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Rockport Harbor 01 10/13/2009 Oil Paint Rendered Panorama — Rockport, Maine
Live in the service of your original nature,
bringing your gifts/genius/daemon/shtick/virtues
to life within the circumstances of your living
in each situation as it arises,
in doing what needs to be done,
where it needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
how it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done--
for the joy of doing it,
and the satisfaction 
of having done it,
situation by situation,
for as long as you are alive.

It is for this that we have been born,
and for this that we live
all the days of our life.

To fail to serve our original nature
is to miss the point of being here, now.
For that there is no exoneration or absolution. 
only regret and contrition without consolation.
We lived without being alive in the time and place
of our living.

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Scrapping Fall Carolina Thread Trail 01 11/17/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 12-mile Creek Segment, Waxhaw, North Carolina
The interpretation of experience
is the meaning of experience.
Saying what's what is one thing.
Being right about it is another.

Experience must be experienced
as dynamic, fluid, flowing,
evolving, transforming, moving,
moving, moving...

Experience is a dance with life,
living, being alive.

Alan Watts asked Joseph Campbell,
"Joe, what form does your yoga take?"
Campbell replied,
"I underline passages."

Lao Tzu said,
"The path that can be discerned 
as a path
is not a reliable path."

Jesus said,
"The spirit is like the wind
that blows where it will."

Nailing things down
with explanations,
definitions,
analytics,
exactitude
and precision
misses
the heart of the matter
by saying what cannot be said.

Live to dance with your life,
going where the music takes you,
not-knowing way more than you know.

Way, way, more.

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Country Cemetery 01 11/19/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Lancaster County, South Carolina
We live to discover what is important--
to know what is important
and be right about it--
and to live out of our own authority
in doing what is important,
where it needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it,
in each situation as it arises.
all our life long.

That is all there is to it.

What's the problem?

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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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