December 26-C, 2022

Horseshoe Falls 07/23/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, Clinton, South Carolina
Ray Grigg said,
"Our everyday life 
should have the same single-mindedness 
as sitting (in meditation):
To cook or fix some food, 
is not preparation; 
it is practice.... 

Whatever we do, 
it should be an expression 
of the same deep activity. 

We should appreciate what we are doing. 
There is no preparation for something else."

We are not doing "this"
in order to make "that" happen!
We are doing "this"
so "this" will happen.

There is never anything more to it
than seeing to "this" happening
when, where and how
it needs to happen.

One thing at a time
in each situation as it arises.

Doing the right thing,
at the right time,
in the right place
in the right way.

And typing this
while drinking coffee
and listening to the fire
in the fire place 
sizzle and pop
is one thing.

And getting up to get more coffee
is an extension 
of this one thing.

When the phone rings
and I answer it,
that is another thing.

Our days consist of things happening
causing other things to need to happen,
and our tending all of them
in the way they need to be attended
and assisted
all the way to tomorrow.

This is not beyond us
and it only asks for our attention
to needs and situations
arising throughout each day,
one day at a time.

Doing what we can
as only we can do it.

That is all there is to it.

Wanting to has nothing to do with any of it.

We do what is ours to do
as only we can do it.
Day after day.


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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