October 13-A, 2022

Reedy Fork Sunset Panorama 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Lake Brandt Greenway, Greensboro, North Carolina
Letting things be what they need to be,
and listening,
what that is
is an amazing practice 
in and of itself.

Where does thinking come in?
Not very high on the list.

Thinking has to do with contriving,
you know,
like that.

The way life is generally lived,
doing this so that will happen.
Not, doing this so this will happen.

We live in this moment 
so that moment will be better.

How about living in this moment
so this moment will be better?

Doing now what needs to be done now
for the sake of now?

With no ulterior motive in mind?
With nothing in mind?
With a completely blank mind?
Responding only to what is called for,

How long since we lived like that?


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.

4 thoughts on “October 13-A, 2022

  1. And no one can specify the exact nature of the “right kind of perspective.” We each have to work out the details on our own. There is a lot of latitude on the road to where we are going, which is some more going on the road… It’s all going. It is really not in the arriving.


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