November 19-A, 2022

Moraine Lake Afternoon Oil Paint Rendered — Banff National Park, Alberta
Adjustment and compromise, Kid.
Adjustment and compromise.

It is the way.

Noise, complexity, drama
are always right there
disturbing the flow,
disrupting the groove,
interfering with our ability
to see, hear, know, do
what needs to be done

Doing what needs to be done
is the only thing 
that needs to be done.

Get that down,
and everything falls nicely
into place around it.

To get that down,
we have to first
put noise, complexity and drama
in their place,
which is far out beyond the periphery
of life as it needs to be lived.

It starts with recognizing
noise, complexity and drama
for what they are,
and shutting the door,
or walking away.

If you have lost your
balance and harmony
and don't know where to find them,
you are besieged by 
noise, complexity and drama,
and don't have a minute's worth
of peace and quiet
anywhere in your day
or night.

It's time to reclaim your life.
See what needs to be done.
And do it.
Saying NO!
to noise, complexity and drama.

Try it and you will feel so empty,
the wrong kind of empty,
filled with all the inner turmoil
that keeps the right kind of empty away.

Our life is so filled with
noise, complexity and drama
that we don't know what to do without it.

Start with the TV.
Cut. It. Off.
Oops, now what?
See what I mean?

Sit quietly,
identifying the sources
of noise, complexity, drama
in your life. 

Quietly, show them the door,
and shut it behind them
as they exit the scene,
every scene.

At first, the transition 
is unsettling.
In time, it becomes the source
of light, and life, and being.

And we enter a world where
"Anything can happen if we let it,"
and "The future is up to us
and how we deal with the present."

And emptiness (The right kind),
and silence
become traveling companions
on the path
that cannot be discerned 
as a path,
and is, therefore,
a reliable path,
for being with 
the wind that blows where it will.


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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