November 05-B, 2022

Salt Marsh Panorama 12/18/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Huntington Beach State Park, Merrill’s Inlet, South Carolina
No one can do better than
doing the right thing
at the right time
in the right place
and the right way.

And no one can think that into place.

Yet, it happens all of the time,
and not nearly often enough.
Because we have our mind
on other things.

Our attention wanders,
our focus slips,
we are somewhere else,
not here/now.

Being aligned with the Tao
is a matter of being
at one with the situation
as it unfolds before us
in all of its random wonder.

The trick is just being
mindfully aware of all that is going on,
disengaged from
and disentangled by
anything that is going on,
being fully present
without being hooked
by any of it.

Making that kind of presence,
frame of mind
our working default
over all times and places
is the key to 
making the right response
to what is going on
with nothing to gain
and nothing to lose
any time ever.

Knowing that we are not here
for what we can get out of it.
We are here to be here/now
for the good of the situation
as it arises,
regardless of what that means
for us personally.

Get that down,
and the world is a better place to be
like that (Snaps fingers).

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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