November, 1st Week, 2022

Flat Branch Greenway 05 20/29/2022 Oil Paint Rendered — Charlotte, North Carolina
It is never any more difficult
than stepping into the day
and doing what needs to be done there.

We clutter things up
with plans
and agendas,
willing this,
wanting that,
wondering "When is it
going to be our turn?"--
waiting for something to happen
that will be like a gift
from some fairy godmother,
not listening,
not looking,
not hearing,
not seeing,
and hating the same old same old
all the way to tomorrow
through all the tomorrows
in our allotment.

The shift happens
when we open ourselves
to the present moment,
see what needs to be done
and do it,
in all of the here/now's in a day.

That's the magical formula
for turning things around,
personally and collectively,
and it is always right there
to see and to do,
transforming our life
and changing the world
for the low, low price
of seeing/doing.


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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