December 21-B, 2022

Grapes 09/09/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Shelton Vineyard, Dobson, NC
We have the power of right response.
It is a Super Power
available to every one of us.

We do not control what happens to us,
but,
we exercise considerable control
when it comes to what we do in response
to what happens to us.

Our amount of control over our response
is directly dependent upon 
how much time we spend
with emptiness, stillness and silence,
developing our relationship
with "the ten-million year old person within"
(Carl Jung),
deepening our mindful awareness,
reducing our inclination toward
expectations,
opinions,
agendas,
and the degree of importance
that having our way NOW
plays in our life.

Our capacity for emptiness, stillness and silence
creates working distance
between ourselves and what happens to us,
reduces the impact of life upon us,
and provides us with room for reflection
and contemplation
in which to consider our options
and feel our way into what seems to be
the best available choice
of what is called for
and the right way, time and place
for it to come forth.

We lay the groundwork for all of our future responses
by the way we spend our time
in the present moment of our life.
We prepare today
to deal with tomorrow,
by being conscious of what is truly important,
and how well we are serving that with our life
here/now.

Awareness leads the way
to the way--
which is an extension of the way,
and is, itself, the way,
right here/now.

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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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