March 10, 2022


Canadian Aspens 01 09/28/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Jasper National Park, Alberta
Know what you love.
Do what you love.
If you can't pay the bills
doing what you love,
do what it takes to pay the bills,
AND do what you love.

If your heart isn't in what you are doing,
start doing things
you can do with all your heart.

Heart leads the way.
Heart knows the way.
Listen to your heart.
Follow your heart.

This isn't about doing what you want.
This is about doing what you love.
Practice telling the difference 
between what you want 
and what you love.

Live to honor the difference
by doing what you love
at the expense of what you want.
I'm betting you will learn to live
with the sacrifice.



Patterns Under Ice 12/13/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Price Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The Gateless Gate of Zen 
is one way of getting past 
"the noise of the dust of the world"
in order to access our innate (or original) nature
and find there what we need
to do what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises
all our life long.

Taoists refer to this process 
as "Turning The Light Around."
It comes down to the same thing:
Consciously laying aside
approaches to doing what is right
in a situation,
and opening ourselves to
the spiritual world of
inner reality--
"the inner light,"
"the inner guide,"
inner urge,
inner drive,
in trusting ourselves
to what is called for
without knowing what we are doing.

We all have gifts,
how we access them
and rely on them
in piloting our boat
on its path through the sea
tells the tale
that is ours to tell.


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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