December 28-A, 2022

Knife Edge 10/26/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Katahdin Range, Sandy Stream Pond, Baxter State Park, Millinocket, Maine
If it is not helping you,
be done with it.

If it is not helping you,
it belongs to the category of

If it is not helping you,
it is hurting you.

Take an inventory.
Divide your life into
the things that are helping you
and the things that are not helping you.

All the external things that promise
to be of such great help to you--
how many of them are of any help to you at all?

Practically all of the truly helpful things
are internal.


All of the things that help you 
rise to the occasion
and do what needs to be done
are there within you.

In a situation in which you need something,
it arises of its own accord,
and you have exactly the word,
the insight,
the vision--
you know exactly what to do,
when, where and how to do it,
spontaneously arising at the moment it is needed.

Nurture that.
Nourish that.
By spending time with that.
In emptiness,
and silence.

Spend time with what is helpful.
Not with what is not.


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 28-A, 2022

  1. Yes! a great list, and I needed those qualities especially today as I faced some necessary home repairs (of all things). Nothing soulful just practical stuff that called on my courage to face!

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  2. We all know what needs to be done, where/when/how and the only thing standing in our way is lethargy/laziness. “Maybe later, maybe tomorrow, maybe sometime…” There is nothing to equal the power generated by getting up and doing what needs to be done. That is the real Super Power. If only there were Powder Milk Biscuits on hand!


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