September 22-B, 2022

Sunrise at Nags Head Pier 06 10/24/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Outer Banks, North Carolina
Our work--
what we pay the bills to do,
not what we do to pay the bills--
is simple: Finding our life and living it.

All of our nighttime dreams
are about finding our life and living it.

The theme running through them all
is: "LOOK! THIS is what you are doing!!!
Is THIS the best you can do???
Is THIS what you think you are here to do???"

Our dreams are trying to wake us up,
and guide us along the way.

During the day,
we try to shift the subject
from what we need to be doing
to anything other than what we need to be doing.

Generally, our distracting thoughts
take the form of sex/drugs/alcohol/money/
or some other alluring pastime.
Anything to keep from thinking about
finding our life and living it.

But, the life we need to be living
is always right there,
winking at us,
beckoning to us,
hoping we will wake up
and devote ourselves to
incorporating The Elements of Real Life
into our order of the day.

Beginning with Emptiness,
Stillness and Silence--
Which are threatening to us
and we don't want to go there
because that's where the truth breaks in.

We are back we go to the Campbell quote:
"That which you seek 
lies far back
in the darkest corner
of the cave you most don't want to enter."
Emptiness, stillness and silence qualify.

In addition to the First Three,
the Second Three consist of
integrity, sincerity, spontaneity.

The First Two are
our Essential Nature
and our Innate Virtues.

The Second Two are
Balance and Harmony,
which let us know how well we are doing
in dancing with the contradictions and dichotomies
--the Yin/Yang--
of our Life and our Other Life.

Blending the Elements Of Life together
and maintaining the right ratio
is called "Finding Or Life And Living It."

It is also called
"Living On The Anchor-Rock Of Life And Being."

Daily fare for Children of the Way.


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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