November 08-B, 2022

Englehard Mooring 03 10/30/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Outer Banks, North Carolina
Awareness never hurts.
Seeing what we look at,
and looking at everything,
hearing what we listen to,
and listening to what's being said,
particularly to what we are saying,
is advantageous 
when the advantage we seek
is the good of the situation as a whole.

What is good for here/now?
What does Truth, Justice, Equality, Freedom
call for here/now?

We are responsible for the moment,
to the moment,
in terms of doing our part
to be what the moment needs us to be,
when, where and how it needs us to be.

Too often, we strive to force our way
onto the moment
instead of assisting the moment
in becoming what the moment needs to be
as a part of the larger sweep of things.

Being attuned to the moment,
aligned with the here/now,
seeing/knowing/doing what is called for
is our contribution to the unfolding
of life in each situation as it arises,

And awareness never hurts
(Although it can require us to die
again and again
in sacrificing ourselves
in the service of what needs us to do it,
but you know that).


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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