September 01-B, 2022

Great Smoky Mountains Sunset Panorama 02 11/06/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Clingman’s Dome Parking Lot, Cherokee, North Carolina
We do not know what we are doing,
or where we are going,
or why it is like it is
and not some other way instead.

We're just trying to make the best of it,
without knowing what the best of it is,
and we settle for smooth and easy,
hoping to get ahead,
whatever that means,
smoother and easier is the best we can do,
working at it no harder than we do,
with only our ease and comfort in mind.

Everybody with something to sell--
that is, with some kind of profit to make,
in the service of smoother and easier for themselves--
tells us they have the secret to smoother and easier,
and will share it with us 
if we do what they say.

"Just do it my way," is everybody's gimmic
to smoother and easier for themselves.
"Just do what I say, and you will have it made,
and if you don't do what I say, there will be hell to pay."

Well, my way for you is to take smooth and easy away.
Is to tell you not to care about smooth and easy,
but just look around
and do what needs to be done--
not in the service of smooth and easy,
but in the service of getting what needs to be done done--
whether that is smoother and easier
for you or not.

The Old Ones would say,
"Chop wood, carry water."
"Eat when hungry, rest when tired."
"Do the laundry, dust the furniture."
"Feed the baby, make the bed."

Do what needs to be done here/now,
and then do it again,
and again,
and again...
and don't ever think about smooth and easy again.

Just think about what needs to happen here/now
and what you can do to assist its happening,
using only your original nature
and the innate virtues that are yours
to serve and share,
and don't worry about what you are doing,
or where you are going,
or why it is like it is
and not some other way instead.

Just do your thing here/now
in the service of the good of the here/now
whether that serves your own good or not,
and let that be that,
(Though your own good might well be the good
that needs to be done
for the ultimate good of the situation,
like eating when hungry,
resting when tired),
day after day,
all the way.

And see where it goes,
going along with it,
day by day.

Like for instance right now,
you know what needs to be done
that you aren't doing
because what good would it to,
and so what,
who cares,
why try,
what difference could it ever make?

So stop with all of the objections
and reasons why not,
and go do the thing you know needs to be done.
And then the thing after that...


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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