September 25-B, 2022

Along Cane River Oil Paint Rendered — Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Natchitoches, Louisiana
It begins with the right attitude.
And wanders, strolls and dawdles from there
finding its way among the 10,000 things
riding the wind that blows where it will
on the adventure of life and being.

The church, if it would,
would have an automatic corner
on the spiritual development market,
fill the emptiest niche in any market,
and survive far into any imaginable future.


The church has squandered its opportunity
and wasted away in a wasteland 
of its own making.
Reaching and grabbing for market share
in a market that has nothing to offer,
never did, never will.
Snake oil and carnival barkers
are all it amounts to.

The right attitude includes
grace, kindness and compassion
for oneself and everyone else
(Until they prove themselves 
deserving of "Depart from me!
I never knew you evildoers!").

The right attitude lays the groundwork
for all that follows:
Right relationship with oneself and others,
believing and trusting in oneself
to have and know what to do
in rising to meet any occasion.

Fealty, liege loyalty, filial devotion
to our essential nature
and the innate virtues tucked into our DNA.

Emptiness, stillness and silence.

Integrity, sincerity, spontaneity.

No expectations, no plans, no agenda,
no judgment, no opinions,
no striving, no pushing, no forcing,
no willing, no contriving, no conniving...
just seeing/knowing/doing what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises,
for the joy of doing it
and the satisfaction of having done it--
doing our work and stepping back,
letting nature take its course,
like a stream taking its time,
finding its way on its path to the sea.

(Who guides a steam on its path to the sea?
Be the stream!
Trust yourself to find your way
on your path to, and through, the sea!)


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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