August 14-A, 2022

The Mittens 02 Oil Paint Rendered — Monument Valley Tribal Park, Arizona
Our life is always saying,
"Here. See what you can do with this."
And it is our place
to see what we can do with it.

Our creativity and playfulness come into play,
along with our intuition and instinct,
our original nature and innate virtues,
every time we get the
"See what you can do with this" invitation.

If we take it into the emptiness,
stillness and silence,
and sit with it,
waiting for something to arise,
occur to us there,
we will be bringing our full range
of resources into play,
and relying on the ineffable source 
of realization and illumination
to come to our aid and guide the way.

If we opt for fear/depression/anxiety/uncertainty
instead of silent emptiness,
we will be assisting the problem
and not the solution. 

Just turn to emptiness, stillness and silence,
and wait confidently for the way to appear.
Sleep on it.
Walk around with it
tending the affairs of life
while waiting.
Give it time for the egg to hatch.
And see what you can do with it.


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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