September 04-B, 2022

Morant’s Curve 09/29/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Banff National Park, Alberta
People who always know what to do
in any/every situation,
are screwing things up for everybody.

The right action appears out of nowhere,
at just the right time
as a reminder of the Mystery
at work throughout the cosmos.

We cannot calculate our way through mystery.

The Way is not subject to reason,
and rules to live by.

Right action is made up
in the heat of the moment
as a spontaneous response
to the situation as it arises.

We do not think it up.
We recognize its validity
in the aftermath of having done it.

We find ourselves saying what needs to be said,
doing what needs to be done,
being who we need to be,
at one with what is happening,
as a dancer dancing with the music,
as a fiddle player jammin'
with the guitar and the banjo
and the mandolin,
wondering when it's over
where it came from,
and looking forward to its  
regular return.


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.

2 thoughts on “September 04-B, 2022

  1. This hoarder is taking this concept and using it to curate my possessions. It’s working! Just starting where the impulse strikes and carrying through until that task is done is what is working for me after a lifetime of being “stuck” as to how to think my way through clutter.

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