June 05, 2022

01

Twilight East Fork Overlook 02 05/30/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Brevard, North Carolina
What are the lies you have been told?

Make a list over time.

Keep it going to include all the lies,
great and small,
that have impacted your life.

Burn the list.

Bury the ashes.

Turn the light around.

Turning the light around
transforms the lies
by turning the light from the negative burden
of the lies,
to the truth of who you are
that the lies evoked/called forth
to meet the reality of the lies.

The lies have been devastating,
particularly when compared to the life
that might have been yours without the lies,
and, you have risen from the ashes of that devastation
to be here/now
anyway,
nevertheless, 
even so.

We all could have been better with more help,
with more truth.

Yet, here we are, "just so."
Thanks, in part, to our original nature
and the virtues that are still with us from birth.

We can count on that nature and those virtues
to be with us the rest of the way.
We can count on ourselves
standing up and meeting the day,
each day,
because here we are.

Our response to the lies
has been the life we are living.
And our continued response to the lies
will be the life we will live yet.

We will continue to rise from the ashes
in being who we are,
anyway,
nevertheless, 
even so!

We all have a tale to tell 
that has yet to be told,
and the way we live from this point
will tell that tale.

Press on! Press on!

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02

Banff Depot 09/22/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Banff National Park, Alberta
Knowing what to do in a situation
is not a matter of thinking about it,
but one of simply realizing what is so,
and responding automatically,
spontaneously,
with the right word/act,
done at the right time,
in the right way,
and following that with 
the right response to the situation
that flows naturally from the present one.

It is like dancing with the music
without thinking about what you are doing.

Live at one with the music of your life.

That is all that is asked of us.

Thinking comes in with things like
filing our income taxes.

Mostly, it is just knowing/doing here/now.

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03

Water Rock Knob Sunset 01 09/02/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Maggie Valley, North Carolina
What's your specialty?
Start there.
What flows from that?
Connects with that?
Is a natural extension of that?
Evolves smoothly from that?

Think of your specialty 
as a doorway to you
and the things you do best,
enjoy the most,
and see where it takes you,
with one thing leading to another,
following the alchemical formula,
"One book opens another,"
and leading you spontaneously,
joyfully,
into worlds of wonder,
amazement,
radiance
and beauty--
all YOU.

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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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