September 15-B, 2022

Haden Valley 06/28/2011 02 Oil Paint Rendered — Canyon Village, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Trials and tribulations
are not to be taken more seriously
than they deserve.

I am not aware of a book
better than "Drive Yourself Sane,"
by Susan and Bruce Kodish,
now in its 3rd edition,
for making out what's what,
keeping things in their place,
and speaking accurately
(even to ourselves) about them.

Seeing our situation--
and each situation as it arises--
as it is
is the most important step
in knowing what to do about it,
in response to it.

And that is the most important step
in maintaining our balance and harmony
as we do what needs to be done
within the situation
for the good of the situation
and all sentient beings.

Seeing/hearing is knowing is doing,
with integrity and sincerity,
in each moment that comes along.

Neither Jesus nor the Buddha 
could do better than that.

And it is a possibility
for each of us
all our life long.

Why wait to start being
who/what our life needs us to be,
when, where and how
it needs us to be?

Seeing clearly 
and responding appropriately 
to what is happening 
in each situation 
as it arises 
is the sine non qua of living well. 
Why have any other goal in life?


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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