July 22-A, 2022

November Bales 02 11/12/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Guilford County, North Carolina
Every living thing has
some guiding sense 
of what it is about,
about what is its to do.
Every living thing
lives knowing and doing its business
and avoiding/ignoring what is not its business.


And that has been true of human beings
for most of our existence.

With agriculture and domestication of animals,
communal life allowed
for a division of labor
which allowed specialization to develop
and people began to do different things
with their lives,
and that led to mobilization
and creativity,
and soon enough people were asking,
"Why do we do it the way we do it?
And why don't we do it some other way instead?
And why don't we all do it differently
if we want to?"

And now everybody has "their way"
and tries to impose it on everyone else,
and human beings have no idea 
of what their business is as a species
or what they are here to do and not do.

Yet, that is the first order of life
for every other living thing,
knowing its business and doing it,
from birth.

We are on our own.
And, have to realize that
and develop a developmental plan.

The first step is to understand
the crucial nature of establishing
a foundation upon the "adamantine rock"
of our original nature and innate virtues
that are ours at birth.

We are born being who we are
and who we are not.
And our task of life 
is to know what is "us" and "not us."
And what fits and what does not fit.
And where belong and where we do not belong.
And to allow everything to fall into place
around these fundamental realizations.

All of these areas will change
as we grow into who we also are
and out of who we once were,
and our awareness has to take 
this into account,
allowing us to make adjustments
as necessary,
but the idea of "me" and "not me"
is our foundational guide through life,
with specifics changing
through the developmental tasks of 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.

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