July 08-B, 2022

Rain Lily 03 Oil Paint Rendered — Indian Land, South Carolina
"Without contrary is no progression,"
said William Blake in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

Our opposites,
define us,
identify us,
form and shape us,
bring us forth
into the world
of duality and denial.

Where do you cancel yourself out?
X-out yourself?
Fail to be who you are
by being who you also are?

Where do you refuse to bear the pain
of your inner-opposition
by denying it,
ignoring it,
pretending it does not exist?

Our contending truths
bring each other forth--
they do not cancel each other out!

We contradict ourselves!
We cannot help it!
Sometimes we do it like this,
and sometimes we do it like that,
and that's the way we do it.

Balance and harmony, Kid.
Balance and harmony!

It's yin/yang all the way!
WE are yin/yang all the way!
Let it be so!
Because it is!

We equalize ourselves
by being contrary to ourselves.
Make room for your opposites,
honor them,
allow them to round you out,
top you off,
show you who you are
and who you also are--
fully capable of being 
exactly who/what you need to be
in each situation as it arises,
no matter what!

Where are you contradicting yourself?
Do it more completely,
more fully,
more consciously,
more appropriately,
more freely!

Have fun with it!
With being fully capable
of being/doing whatever
the situation calls for,
by being wholly who you are
in every situation--
no matter what!

Doing what is needed,
never-minding what that may be!

Pull yourself together
by inviting all of your disparate parts
to the party!

And living your life as it needs to be lived--
as it needs you to live it--
even so!!!

May it always be so!!!


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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