September 29-C, 2022

Checkerboard Mesa 09/25/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah

It is an inside job all the way.
We think it is about rearranging/
changing/transforming the world
and other people to suit ourselves,
when it is about adjusting ourselves
to adapt to, mesh with, our surroundings.

We align ourselves with,
live in accord with,
the natural flow--
the Tao--of time and place,
and allow things to become
what they need to be.

This is the time to empty ourselves
of our ideas/preferences/wants/desires
of/for how things ought to be,
and simply support the "beingness"
of things as they are coming to be.

What is the drift? 
The direction?
The trend?
How do things seem to be leaning,
wanting to be, to become?

If the baby needs to be held and rocked,
hold and rock the baby.
If the dog needs to be comforted,
comfort the dog.
And let the next thing that needs to happen
arise of its own accord
out of the madness of the moment,
and assist that thing in its development.
Until a theme becomes visible,
a rhythm and routine take shape,
and order is coming into focus.

We help restore the balance and harmony,
and allow peace to evolve as it will,
without forcing anything to happen out of time.

Knowing what time it is for
and doing that
is telling time the way time
is meant to be understood.


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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