July 15-C, 2022

Lobster Shack 10/13/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Stonington Harbor, Deer Isle, Maine
Joseph Campbell said, 
in one of his interviews with Bill Moyers,

“Arthur Schopenhauer said, 
‘When you reach a certain age 
and look back over your life, 
it seems to have had an order about it, 
it seems to have been composed by someone. 
And those events 
that when thy occurred 
seemed merely accidental 
and occasional, 
and just something that happened, 
turn out to be the main elements 
in a consistent plot.'" 

From birth to death
we are on the path,
living out who we are
without knowing we are on any path,
or doing anything remotely
connected with who we are,
and the path can only be discerned
by looking back,
not by looking forward.

We are making the path,
invisible to us,
by the way we live day-to-day,
choice-by-choice,
decision-by-decision,
reaction/response-by-reaction/response,
and living out the truth
of the Tao Te Ching's statement,
"The path that can be discerned
to be a path
is not a reliable path."

We can only live not-knowing 
what we are doing,
or what we will do next,
trusting that we are being carried along
by forces we cannot know
to be benevolent, wise and kind,
and be amazed when,
at the end of our life,
we look back and see the thread
running through the whole thing,
and wonder at the marvel
that we have been a part of,
thinking,
"If we had known what we were doing
all this time,
we would have laughed more often,
and been more relaxed and at peace
all along the way."

Trust yourself to your life!
Relax and be at peace with yourself
and your circumstances!
We are being guided on our path
through the sea
by forces we cannot imagine
or comprehend.

Our life is a wonder,
astounding,
a marvel.

Trust that it is so,
and live it with all your heart!

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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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