December 05-B, 2022

Lobster Boats 10/12/2009 Oil Paint Rendered — Stonington Harbor, Deer Isle, Maine
Hope is having enough money
to pay the right bills--
which is assisted 
by having the discipline
to incur the right bills
and not the wrong ones.

And it is also a matter
of being lucky.

Savvy people position themselves
to be lucky,
and while they trust their luck,
they never push it.

Living to be lucky
is knowing what to trust,
when, where and how.

Mostly, we have to learn to trust
our own inner sense of what needs to happen
in each situation as it arises
and do that without caring
what it means for us personally,
or whether it will be lucky or not.

The luckiest people do not care 
about their chances--
they are focused only on living their life
the way it needs to be lived
in the here/now of each moment.

Nothing is contrived.
There is no playing for the advantage,
gaining the leverage,
working the room.

There is only seeing what needs to be done
and doing it,
when, where and how it needs to be done.

It is amazing how lucky people are
who live in the service of what needs to happen
no matter what--
who say "Yes!" to whatever comes
from doing what needs to be done--
who don't care about the consequences.

They seem to be charmed,
but they are not living to be charmed.
They are living to be square
with themselves
and with their life.

With them,
conscious and unconscious 
are united,
are one thing.

They are aligned with the Tao
and in accord with the flow of Yin and Yang.
And they aren't doing anything special.
Just looking and seeing.
Just listening and hearing.
Just knowing and doing.
Just living to be at one with themselves
in all that they do.

Luck tends to favor people
who live like that--
but they do not live that way
in order to be lucky.

Sincerity is the best kind of savvy.
Integrity is the sine qua non 
of a life lived that way.

And is lucky even when it is not lucky.
We can't think our way there
even if we try.
Living our way there is the only way,
and it is The Way.


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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