September 08-B, 2022

Biedler Forest 15 11/22/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Audubon Four Hole Swamp Wildlife Refuge, Harleville, South Carolina
Our life moves at its own pace.
We cannot hurry it along
to some better place to be,
or slow it down to stay where we are
for a while.

Our role is to be sensitive
to the movement
and ride with the current
saying "Yes," and "No,"
at the proper times and places,
attuned to what is happening
and what needs to be done about it
in order to be in accord
with the Tao at work in the here/now,
and at one with the opening and closing
of the way through time and space.

It sounds absurd and stupid
to those who are not aware of the mystery
of life,
who don't understand that life
has a life of its own,
and that "there is a time
for everything under heaven."

And that the only thing worth knowing ever
is what time is it now
and what needs to be done about it,
in each situation as it arises,
all our life long.


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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