September 20-B, 2022

Dogwood Branches 02 04/15/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Tremont District, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee
All we need to know
is what's what
and what needs to be done about it,
when, where and how
in each situation as it arises
all our life long.

Then there is only doing it,
and that's that.

What makes that so difficult?


All we care about is what we want.
Also known as: Having our way.
All we ever want is having our way.

In the world where 
all we ever want is having our way,
there is the recurring, mystical, experience
of "Click," "Flow," and "Falling into place,"
which has nothing to do with getting what we want
and having our way--
and may very well result in our saying/realizing,
"Not getting my way then/there
was the best thing that ever happened to me!"

And when we transform our basic orientation
from wanting to have our way
to wanting to cooperate with/assist
"Click," "Flow," and "Falling into place"--
no matter what it may mean for us personally--
it seems that we are being carried along,
upheld, guided, protected by "invisible hands,"
and things happen that could never be expected
to happen,
and then it ceases and goes away,
and then it returns,
and then it goes,
and then it returns...
and our life consists of 
waiting for the door to open,
and then walking through.

And, while we wait, we "take care of business,"
maintaining our momentum
of seeing/sensing what's what
and what needs to be done about it
when, where and how
with our original/essential nature
and the innate virtues that are ours 
from birth,
and then some door will open
and we walk through
in the service of "Click," "Flow,"
and "Falling into place,"
and our life is just a wonder,
and things are magical
and we forget what we want,
and having our way becomes
doing what needs to be done,
anyway, neverthele3ss, even so...
for as long as life shall last.

If you don't know what I'm talking about,
stop living in the service
of having your way and getting what you want,
and start looking for what's what 
and what needs to be done about it
and do it
and see what happens.

Oh, spending time with the right kind of
emptiness, stillness and silence
will assist things along right nicely.

Stop willing, striving, forcing, contriving...
and start looking/seeing/listening/hearing/
knowing/doing and being amazed
in the land of "Click," "Flow,"
and "Falling into place."


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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