October 14-A, 2022

Herons Leaving 09/09/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — The Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
In every situation
there is what needs to be done
and what does not need to be done.

Nature appears to be particularly attuned
to what needs to be done here/now.
A lot of that has to do with waiting
for something to nudge things along
toward something else,
doing that and waiting some more.

Some human beings work that way,
but most of us have to have something to do
to fill the time.

"Let's go bowling, Dude!"
is all it takes to move us toward bowling,
whether that actually need to be done or not.
It is something to do,
and that is better than nothing to do!

Nature doesn't mind nothing to do.
That is waiting time.
Waiting for something to spur nature to action.
Something more pertinent 
to the time and place of our living
than, "Let's go bowling, Dude!"

Nature is not filling up the time,
but responding to the time that is at hand,
and doing what is called for
by the moment that is at hand.

Learning to sense what it is time for,
is at the heart of the natural world.

Waiting for the right moment to act--
for the time to be right to act--
in the service of what needs to be done
is the purview of instinct and intuition.

We cannot think our way there,
but wait in the emptiness,
and silence
for the right thing to occur to us,
alert to how the awareness of the right thing
is different from thinking about
all the other possibilities.

Knowing the right thing
is not the same as considering 
a number of options
and settling on bowling, for instance,
in lieu of any better idea.

And knowing the difference
is essential knowing.


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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