April 03, 2022


Beulah Land 35 OP — Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California
What we need to hear at any point in or life
is contingent upon the nature of our situation
and circumstances at that point--
and upon how we have responded to all of our situations
and circumstances up to that point.

What we need to hear now
is contingent upon what we have heard
up to now.
And how we responded to it.

We cannot hear what our life
has not prepared us to hear.
And, how we respond to our life
assists or inhibits that preparation.

We can cooperate with our life,
and we can work against our life in every way.

The quality of our life in this moment
reflects the quality of our relationship
with our life up to this moment.

If our relationship has been adversarial
that will have an outcome/impact
different from a relationship
that has been congenial and collaborative.

"We reap what we sow" in this regard.

We may need to change our relationship
with our life if we want to alter
the outcome of our living
in the time left for living.

In order to hear what our life is saying, 
is calling for,
we have to upgrade the quality of our listening--
and the quality of our response to what we have heard.



Fenced In 02/18/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Guilford County, North Carolina
Every photograph worth 
the time it takes to view it
had to be taken at the exact time
and place
it was taken.

Coming back tomorrow,
or in ten minutes,
wouldn't do it.


Makes all the difference.

This is the Tao being lived out
in our life.

Doing the right thing
at the right time
in the right way
is the Tao in full bloom.

and writers,
and poets,
and artists,
and musicians,
and baseball players,
and farmers
and surgeons...

The list is long of all the people
who live in accord with the Tao
in doing what they are doing with their life.

One time is not as good as another.

The moment matters.

When the time for acting is upon us,
we have to act,
or live with having failed to act
for the rest of our life.

That's the Tao for you,
and why it matters to be attentive
to the time and place of our living,
and to know what is being called for
here and now
and do it the way it needs to be done
all the time.

If what you do matters to you,
the Tao has a central place in your life.


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.

2 thoughts on “April 03, 2022

    1. Thanks for the link, Sandy. We’re all on the same “Journey,” looking for what needs to be done and doing it at the right time, in the right place and in the right way. “Nothing to it, but to do it.” Until we run out of time. And then what? We will see when we get there!


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