December 29-A, 2022

Sandstone Falls 08/25/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — New River Gorge National Park, Lansing, West Virginia
Trying to know who is saved
and who is not,
who is enlightened
and who is not,
who is in and who is out,
who has it and who doesn't...
is contrary to the spirit
of "just being,
just seeing,
just knowing what is called for,
just doing what is needed,
when, where and how it needs to be done."

There is no trying to be loving.
There is only being loving
or not being loving.

Or, as Yoda said,
"There is no try!
Do or do not!"

The test of anyone's quality of life
is their ability 
to do the right thing
at the right time
in the right place,
in the right way.

And our ability to do that
hinges on our ability
to live attuned to the moment
in each situation as it arises
so that our response to the moment
arises itself 
out of our essential emptiness,
stillness and silence--
just listening,
just hearing,
just looking,
just seeing
spontaneously responding
to the need of the moment,
moment-by-moment.

Birds do it.
Sea lions do it.
Water does it.
It is the way 
of the entire natural world.

It is the way of our being
our natural selves
in ways that are true to our nature.

No one can teach us how to do that.

We know by just listening,
just hearing, 
just looking,
just seeing,
spontaneously responding
to the need of the moment,
moment-by-moment.

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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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