December 07, 2021

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Beech Tree Panorama 02 11/26/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
Seeing what needs to be done
in a situation
is the doorway 
to doing it.

"Darkness is the cradle
of the light." -- Rumi

Before seeing is 
seeing not.
And waiting in the darkness
for the light to come on.

The light comes on of itself.
It is a property of light
to be self-illuminating.
When the time is right
the light comes on.

We wait in the darkness
for the light to come on.

Darkness is not the enemy of light,
nor light of darkness.
They are extensions of the other,
and need each other
for their own optimal existence.

Light needs enough darkness to see by.
No darkness at all
means the light is too bright.
Darkness needs light to be seen by.
No light at all 
means the darkness too deep for life.
Even bats and owls would starve to death
without the creatures of the light
to feed upon.

We sit in the darkness
waiting for the light.

Emptiness.
Stillness.
Silence.
Clarity.

The formula for seeing in the darkness,
and doing what needs to be done. 

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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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