July 29-A, 2022

Sunset Silver Lake 01 10/26/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks, North Carolina
If you want things to click into place
in your life,
you have to stop tying to force
them into place.

You have to not know what "in place" means,
and allow your life to show you
what it means.

We cannot live the life we want to live
and live the life our life wants to live.

Our life has a mind of its own.

It takes being empty,
and quiet 
in the right kind of way
often enough
and long enough
to begin to know what our life knows.

We cannot coerce our life to be
what we want it to be.

Ever hear of Adam and Eve?

It is our place to cooperate with our life,
to align our will with our life's will for itself.
To live in accord with the Tao of life and being.

That means sitting empty,
still and quiet in the right kind of way,
and waiting for something to occur to us
that serves as a beacon pointing the way.

Do not try to read your life's mind,
wait for something to occur to you
that points the way.

In the meantime, 
do whatever it takes to pay the bills
while you are waiting.
And listen.
And look.
Waiting for something to catch your eye.
Move toward what moves you.
Not toward what you think would be a smart move to make.
Thinking is useless.
You are looking for what moves you,
Move toward that.
No matter how stupid it seems.

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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