November 22-C, 2022

View from Clingman/s Dome Parking Area 01 09/01/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, North Carolina
We bring ourselves forth
in the way we live our life,
or not.

Our context and circumstances
bring us forth,
or not.

We live the way we say 
our life needs to be lived,
or the way someone else says
our life should be lived--
and we say that is all right with us.

We are the one who says so,
even if we do what someone else
would have us do.

We are the authority who determines
how our life is lived,
and it makes all the difference
if we are right about it.

We all are born with in internal plumb line,
indicating when we are in, and out of, plumb.

Joseph Campbell said,
"We know when we are on the beam
and when we are off it."
When we are in plumb,
and when we are out of plumb.

When we are on the beam
and in plumb,
we are living well.
When we are off the beam
and out of plumb,
we are living poorly--
which is reflected
by our sense of balance and harmony.

When we are off balance
and out of harmony,
we know it.
Just like we know when we are off the beam
and out of plumb.

What we do about it is up to us.

I recommend regular applications
of emptiness,
and silence
to tune into balance,
and plumb--
and make adjustments as necessary
to be at one with the life
that is waiting for us to live it.

We know what is important,
what is meaningful.
and silence
assist us in knowing what we know,
and doing what needs to be done
about it.


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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