September 05-B, 2022

Looking Glass Falls 10/09/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, North Carolina
We are capable of amazing things
when we don't care what our chances are.

When we aren't calculating,
master-minding it,
making it happen...

When we are just doing 
what needs to be done
with no agenda in mind
and no particular end in sight,
just changing the baby's diaper,
just washing the dishes,
just mowing the lawn,
just responding as best we can
to what is called for here/now,
and going where that leads
into the next thing,
and the thing after that,
for nothing more than the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it
to motivate us along the way...

We participate fully in the unfolding
of our life
without being in charge of any of it,
without being in control of any of it,
and being blessed and graced
by all of it--
waking up at some point
to the wonder
of the realization
that our life has a mind of its own,
and can be trusted with our life
with fealty,
liege loyalty
and filial devotion,
from start to finish.

All we have to do is show up
see what is called for here/now
in each situation as it arises,
and get to work
in the service of what needs to be done.

Somebody should tell us this at birth,
and remind us of it all along the way.
But no.
They all ask us, "What do you want to be
when you grow up?"
As if!

And who ever grows up?


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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