Winter Months, 2022-2023

Goodale 11/11/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Adams Mill Pond, Goodale State Park, Camden, South Carolina
Ray Grigg says that real human beings
are Taoist sages,
"Living peacefully and unnoticed among others. 
(They are people) 
who belong everywhere and nowhere, 
(People who seem) deeply ordinary 
and yet subtly different, 
(inner outcasts following) 
some unknowable wisdom of great grace."

They know what they know
without knowing how they know,
and not knowing,
or even wondering,
about it.

Their knowing "is just there,"
like knowing when your hair is combed/brushed,
and you have had enough to drink or eat.

They know what is happening
and what needs to be done about it/
in response to it,
and of that,
what is theirs to do.

And they do it when, where and how
it needs to be done,
which is what, when, where and how
they need to do it.
Like combing/brushing their hair,
and eating and drinking.

Every situation asks something
of each of us,
and very rarely the same thing of all of us.
When we know what that is and do it,
we are being Taoist sages,
whether we know it or not.

We make the world a better place
by doing what is ours to do,
what needs to be done,
what needs us to do it,
when, where and how it needs to be done,
and letting that be that
as we go on to the next situation as it arises
and do there what needs to be done,
and so on,
all our life long.

This is so simple
children can do it,
and are doing it--
Taoist sages,
every one of them!


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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