December 2021

This is the page holder for the month of December, 2021. May you find something here to light your path and smooth your way!

Sunset Panorama 02 11/05/2021 — Aho Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone, North Carolina
The days that are lived unconsciously,
routinely,
regularly,
have a sense of sameness about them
that makes wherever we are
a prison of our own making,
where one day is indistinguishable
from another,
except that today it's roast beef,
and yesterday it was fried fish.

We break the monotonous spell
by seeing what we look at,
asking the questions that beg to be asked,
saying the things that cry out to be said,
knowing what we know,
and what we do not know,
and being intensely curious
about what's what and why,
and how it could be different,
and wondering what would be best
and what it would take 
to live in its service.

By seeing what is called for 
in each situation as it arises,
and doing what we can 
to do what is needed
with the gifts/daemon/genius/shtick
of our original nature
when it is needed,
the way it is needed,
because it is needed,
with nothing in it for us
beyond the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it,
through all the days of our life.

Living like this brings novelty to life,
brings us to life,
in the work of making life possible
in ways it would never be possible
if we failed to see what is being called for
and did not act to make it happen
with the virtues and specialties
that are ours to share.

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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