October 25-A, 2022

High Mountain Lake Sunset Oil Paint Rendered — Digital Art
Living to be who we are   
(When we are,
what we are,
where we are)
is much easier than
living to be happy,

Living to be "one thus come,"
just as we are
in each situation as it arises,
as a sequoia might do it,
or a mountain lion,
or a humpback whale.

Meeting the situation 
as it needs to be met
without aims and purposes,
agendas and plans,
with no contriving,
just being who the situation
needs us to be
in ways appropriate to the occasion,
as only we can do it
is all it ever takes.

Is all that is ever required of us.
Is all that can legitimately 
be asked of anyone.

And we all have the capacity to be 
what is needed,
to do what is called for
within the scope of our original/essential nature
and our innate virtues/character. 

Get out of all your other roles,
and into this one,
and back into all the other ones
as this one would do those.

Transforming your life,
your relationship with yourself,
and with the world.

Just by being you.  


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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