December 13-A, 2022

Looking East 05 09/01/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Joseph Campbell said, "I think anyone 
who pays attention to their inner life
knows when they are living in harmony,
and when they are out of harmony,
with their own center."

And when we are "on the beam,"
it is as though we are living 
a charmed life,
and doors open where there were no doors,
and things fall into place
at just the right time,
and nobody could predict 
or expect that it would 
go exactly as it is going.

Every time I moved in my career,
it was like the world around me
gathered to bless my decision
and open the way for me 
as I left the old place of residence
and stepped into the new location.

The timing was just right
and there was nothing I did
to contrive that,
it was just a confirmation,
and affirmation,
that I was on the right track.

Things still happen that way
from time to time
as if to attest to the rightness
of the way my life is going,
and I'm conscious only of 
finding the rhythm of each day
and cooperating with what appears
to need assistance in becoming
what it is trying to be.

It is like when you are talking 
with someone and they are searching
for the right word to say what 
they want to say,
and you come up with the word,
though you had no idea that was the word
they were searching for,
and they say,
"How did you read my mind that way?"

It's all just rather magical,
and cannot be explained,
but it cannot be denied either.

Our life can be lived that way
when we aren't trying to live it that way,
but are attentive to what is happening,
and reading the moment,
and attending the circumstances,
and know on some inner level
what's what,
and it's like a symphony,
or a ballet where everything
has an individual life of its own
but is orchestrated/choreographed 
by invisible hands
to come together in a way
that astounds the musicians,
and audiance
at the wonder of the performance.

Living that way is just it,
and it doesn't have a thing to do
with making money or a name for ourselves.
We are just doing the moment
the way the moment needs to be done,
and it is magical.


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.

2 thoughts on “December 13-A, 2022

  1. An open presence, a presence open to the moment, not having to get anything from the moment, or push anything onto the moment, or deny anything about the moment… is perceptive to much that a closed presence misses. An open presence “sees/senses things that are ‘not there.'”


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