July 11-A, 2022

Alum Cave Bluff 04/14/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
We are here to figure out  
what we are here for 
and how to achieve it.

We start with finding our original nature
and our innate virtues,
and then think of avenues 
we might explore
for applying our gifts/daemon/shtick/knacks/interests/etc.
in the service of what needs to be done,
when, where and how it needs to be done,
in each situation as it arises--
utilizing emptiness, 
and silence
to perceive/be aware of
what is being called for
and how we might best respond to it
in living aligned with the life
that is ours to live
in the time left for living.

You might think
someone would have spelled 
this out for us before now.

And someone did. 
About 500 years Before The Common Era.
And throughout the years following.
But it was happening in China,
and the West has the idea
that if it is made in China
it can't be worth having.

Arrogance trumps everything.


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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