November 29-A, 2022

Roaring Fork 04/17/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
If you understand timing
and can sense what is happening
and know what is called for,
the circumstances will reveal themselves
to you
in a way that will seem magical
and mysterious,
and you will find doors opening 
where there would not ordinarily be doors,
and opportunities revealing themselves
where otherwise there would be no opportunities,
and your life will have a sheen of luck about it
that will be impossible to explain,
or count on,
so that you will be able to trust your luck
without ever being able to push it,
or take it for granted.

You will be blessed
but you will be incapable 
of turning that to your profit or gain,
and if you begin to contrive ways
of using it to your advantage 
it will dissolve and disappear,
and you will have missed the point
of being at one with the Tao,
with the way of things,
with the movement of life and being.

That is the wonder!
And it cannot be used to lever greater wonders.
There are no greater wonders.
There is only living in sync with time and place,
aligned with Yin and Yang,
and at peace in your own soul,
in love with life and with the world.

How could you think of gain/profit/advantage?
What could be more valuable than what you 
are experiencing?

Simply relax into where you are,
and allow yourself to be carried along
to wherever you will be when you get there,
neither knowing nor caring where that is,
or when it will be.


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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