December 23-B, 2022

Steele Creek Crossing 09/24/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
It is up to us 
to develop our own practice,
devoting ourselves to
paying attention to our attention
in each moment,
seeing what we look at,
knowing how desire and fear
can carry us away like that,
and making certain that they do not.

Monitoring the ratio of head-to-heart
at work in the way we live our life,
and being a strong advocate for heart
at all of the turning points
and crossroads. 

Being aware of,
and striving to maintain,
our balance and harmony,
sincerity and integrity,
spirit, energy and vitality,
through all of the conditions
and circumstances of our life.

Asking all of the questions
that beg to be asked,
and saying all of the things
that cry out to be said.

Bearing the pain that must be borne,
and doing what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises--
when, where and how it needs to be done.

With fealty,
liege loyalty
and filial devotion
to what is truly important,
in the right way,
all our life long.

If we all do this,
or, if only one of us does,
the world will notice,
and lives will turn toward the light.

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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