November 20-A, 2022

Lake Andrew Jackson 10 07/26/2020 Oil Paint Rendered — Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster County, South Carolina
Happiness is a function of freedom,
but, freedom is not freedom to do
whatever we want.
It is the freedom to do whatever
needs to be done
with our original nature 
and our innate character.

Knowing and doing what needs to be done
with the gifts we have to work with
is the key to happiness,
even though we may sacrifice personal gain
in doing it.

Knowing what needs to be done
in any situation
is a matter of living in accord
with the times that govern
the situation.

Knowing what's what
and trusting ourselves 
to the spontaneous inclination 
of our self in response to the situation
is being at one with the moment
and doing what is called for then/there.

We cannot contrive the fitting response,
or think our way into knowing what to do.

We trust our way there,
trusting what, we do not know.
Trusting our response to be right
without knowing how we know.

It is all such a mystery,
knowing and doing what needs to be done.

"Darkness within darkness,
the gateway to mystery"
(Lao Tzu).


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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