October 15-B, 2022

Queen Anne’s Lace 03 06/08/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Charlotte, North Carolina
If your life isn't what you want it to be,
it is because you want it to be
something it is not capable of being--
and are pushing, forcing, shaping, compelling
it to be what you want it to be
and not cooperating with,
listening to,
seeing, hearing, knowing, comprehending,
assisting, serving, doing
what your life wants to be/needs to be.

We have to transform our relationship
with our life
in order to become one with our life,
if we want our life to be 
what it is capable of being
within the time and place,
conditions and circumstances,
of our living.

Our life is alive--
or is capable of becoming alive--
when we assist it
in a "Thy will, not mine, be done"
kind of way.

Enter emptiness,
and silence
as our primary mode of operation
in placing ourselves
in right relationship with our life,
and allowing everything else
to fall into place around that.

Begin with telling yourself
about your current relationship with your life.

Describe it,
picture it,
feel it,
imagine it,
find metaphors that reflect/exhibit/express it,
symbols that stand for it...

And begin to listen to what your life
is saying to you
about how it needs you to live it.

How are you living it?
How do you need to be living it instead?

Your life is your guide.
Live it as it needs to be lived.
Go where it needs to go.
Do what it needs to have done.

Amaze yourself with what can happen,
even now,
even yet,
even so.


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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