August, 2022

The Price Lake Variations 01 09/16/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
The trouble with trouble is that
it creates noise and complexity,
disrupts our life,
destabilizes our balance and harmony
and zip-lines us into the far corner
of the wasteland.

We deal best with trouble
by making an assessment of the impact zone
and determining what needs to happen
to begin reordering our world.

When we are able to 
empty ourselves of all emotional reaction
to present events,
sit in the stillness,
embrace the silence,
and just breathe
in and out,
pause, in and out,
and gather ourselves in this here/now
begins restoring ourselves to the Tao
through the present
to heal and recover
our sense of structure and sequence.

As we begin to realign ourselves
with the rhythm of time moving through place,
and look for what needs to happen when, where and how,
we create a shift in the circumstances
that spills over into recovery and reorientation,
and things begin to move back into some semblance
of coordination and flow,
a routine develops
and focus reemerges
in halts and spurts.

The response to trouble
puts trouble in its place
and we find new ways of doing 
the old things,
and peace is restored over time,
with the grace of balance and harmony
leading the way.


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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