December 27, 2021


Lying Fallow 01/30/2009 Oil Paint Rendered B — Kernersville, North Carolina
We are all waiting for something.
In the meantime, what?
Here we are! Now what?

What is called for?
What needs to be done?
Here and now?

Those are our questions to answer
in each situation as it arises.
If we get it right,
we have it made.

Each situation is put a prelude
to the next situation.
The way we manage ourselves 
in each situation
for the good of the situation
leads to, composes, comprises,
a life well-lived in every situation,
and our good takes shape around that.

We put too much emphasis on our good.
Our good is a function of how well
we take care of the good of every situation
that comes along.

And, if we strive to manipulate our situations
in the service of our good--
as though we know what that is
(We only know what we want,
and assume that will be good for us,
which, you will agree I'm sure,
does not hold up under examination)--
we blow it all to hell,
and end up with nothing good
anywhere in our life.

Living for the good of the situation
by knowing and doing 
what needs to be done there,
changes everything,
particularly, us,
and makes all things good.

So, what is called for?
What needs to be done, 
here and now?

Being right about it,
and doing it,
makes all the difference.



Big Rock Preserve 04 11/17/2021 Oil Paint Rendered — Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, Charlotte, North Carolina
What would it take for us
to settle into our life
just as it is,
just as we are?

Just doing what needs to be done
here and now
using the gifts of our original nature
in service to each situation
as it arises?

Just settling into each moment
and offering there what is called for
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction/delight
of having done it?

Drawing the lines that need to be drawn,
and "letting the chips fall as they may"?

When is the last time
joy, satisfaction and delight
been a part of your life experience?

Stop insisting that things be done
to please you,
and start being pleased
to do what needs to be done,
situation by situation--
understanding that saying "No"
may well be exactly what needs to be done,
and be pleased to say "No"
whenever that would be appropriate
to the occasion,
in ways appropriate to the occasion.


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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