August 23-C, 2022

Pink Lady Slippers 03-15-2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Guilford County, South Carolina
Rising to the occasion
is a simple matter
of having nothing at stake 
in the occasion,
so that there is no pressure of any kind,
because you aren't trying to win the the prize,
or gain prestige,
or make a sale.

This Zen observation applies:

"The ability of the archer to hit the bullseye
varies in inverse proportion 
to the amount of the purse for doing so."

It is easy to hit the target
with nothing on the line.

Live with nothing on the line,
not caring what your chances are.

You can do anything with that frame of mind,
just by doing what is called for,
and being what the situation needs.

Following this simple little recommendation
will transform your life,
and the world.

The more you try to force your way, 
wrestling your will into being,
and getting what you want,
when you want it,
how you want it,
for as long as you want it,
you will be unhappy all your 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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