September 12-A, 2022

Little Deer 09/08/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Making the best of it
means asking "How can I do better
with what I have to work with
and with what needs to be done?"

We have to know what needs to be done,
and we have to know what we have to work with.

We can be wrong about what needs to be done.
It helps if we are able to asses that correctly.
Fear, anger and desire
cloud the window
and make it difficult to discern 
what is on the other side.

We have to be able to take refuge
in emptiness, stillness and silence.
Clarity is found
in being empty, still and silent.

To be there,
we have to reduce the amount
of noise and complexity in our life
and within our own mind.

Breathe in...
Breathe out...
Count to five in sync with our heart beat...
Breathe in...
Breathe out...
Count to five...

Helps transition us
from noise and complexity
to emptiness, stillness and silence.

Where we can consider our situation
apart from fear, anger, desire, etc.
Seeking clarity.
Seeking what needs to be done...

And we have to know what we have to work with.
Our primary resources are our original nature
and our innate virtues built into our DNA--
who we are.

We meet our life anchored in who we are.

Our secondary resources are our stability,
our balance and our harmony.

What are our sources of stability, balance and harmony?
What are the sources of instability, imbalance, disharmony?
We seek to increase the former
and to decrease the latter.

What are our refuges of stability, balance and harmony?
In whose company do we feel better?
In whose company do we feel worse?
Where do we turn when we have nowhere to turn?
That is our rock and our foundation!
Go there!
Spend time with that!

Out of these resources
we take up the work
of seeing and doing what needs to be done.
Making the best of it
by doing the best we can
with what we have to work with
and with what needs to be done.

And follow the words of the sage,
"Do your work,
and let nature take its course."

And let that be that.

Until it is time to do the next thing
that needs to be done.

Then repeat this process
throughout the time left for living.

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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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